WASHINGTON, June 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. District
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered Wednesday
Microsoft Corp. split into two companies, prescribing
the biggest corporate breakup since AT&T while
the software giant for stifling
computer- age competition.
Jackson has gone along with the government
recommendation that the software giant be split into two
companies, one that would sell operating systems, and
another that would develop and market Microsoft's
popular Office software and Internet properties.
Potentially monumental, the ruling by Jackson was
not the last word in a case that could define the limits
of companies operating in a high tech economy.
Microsoft has promised to appeal in the case,
which had been pressed by the Justice Department and 19
states. The case could go to the U.S.Court of Appeals
or directly to the Supreme Court.