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Microsoft Files Appeal

The legal saga involving Microsoft Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice continued on Monday, with Microsoft filing a 75-page brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Microsoft’s appeal centered on the DOJ’s January 12 brief, in which Microsoft contends that the “plaintiffs acknowledged that much of the conduct they challenge was lawful and procompetitive.”

The Microsoft appeal quoted a portion of the governments brief which stated that did Microsoft did not violate antitrust laws by “offering IE to OEMs in a bundle with Windows at no extra charge.” Microsoft also quoted other parts of the DOJ’s briefs in outlining its reasons foe keeping the company intact.

The move is the latest step by Microsoft in appealing the June 7 order by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to break the company into two parts, an operating systems company and an applications company.

In its response, Microsoft also said that the plan to split it into two companies would fail and that the breakup is “too great a risk” to the U.S. economy. – Jim Martin

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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