Dear Readers,

The industry is in such turmoil with the decision to split Microsoft in two as a result of the recently concluded antitrust case. The verdict is being hailed by the government as a victory for consumers, but is it? We all remember the break up of AT&T and how we were told that it would result in lower prices. I don't know about you, but my phone bill is up over 200 percent since that verdict. Microsoft puts price pressure on all software providers and, in essence, lowers the cost of computing for everyone. Also, there is tremendous competition globally with start-up software companies providing competition for Microsoft on every front. Microsoft is in the process of appealing the verdict; and, in the long run, I would see the verdict being overturned but at considerable expense ­ in time and money ­ for Micro-soft and a tremendous squandering of our tax dollars by the United States government. Al-though I do not approve of some of the predatory practices employed by Microsoft, these could have been addressed directly without splitting the company.

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As always, thanks for reading DM Review.

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