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Microsoft Responds to Gov't Breakup Proposal

In an open letter published on its Web site May 1, Microsoft Corp. responded to the U.S. Justice Department's breakup proposal issued on Friday, April 28, 2000.

In an open letter published on its Web site May 1, Microsoft Corp. responded to the U.S. Justice Department's breakup proposal issued on Friday, April 28, 2000.

"For 25 years, Microsoft has worked in partnership with thousands of other technology companies to provide consumers with products that work well together and are innovative, easy to use and affordable. Now the government wants to tear Microsoft apart," the letter reads.

The letter, signed by Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates, and president and CEO Steve Ballmer, echoed the executives' sentiments expressed at Friday's ad hoc teleconference following the release of the Justice Department's proposal to break up the company.

The letter goes on to praise Microsoft's software development -- specifically Windows and Microsoft Office, reasserting that Microsoft "never could have created Windows or Microsoft Office under the break-up plan and heavy regulation now proposed by the government."

To read Isaac Slepner's report in ENT Magazine, go to http://www.entmag.com/breaknews.asp?ID=2552.

To read the US Department of Justice's proposal, go to http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f4600/4639.htm; to read Microsoft's response, go to http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/trial/may00/05-01letter.asp.

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