DOJ: Is Microsoft illegally maintaining its monopoly?

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice will attempt to charge Microsoft Corporation with "illegal maintenance and extension" of its monopoly. The case is based on internal Microsoft documents that the DOJ discovered and the government is working to present their findings before the June 25th rollout of Windows 98.

The documents, which include memos from 1996 describing Microsoft's plans to destroy Netscape Communications, ordered Microsoft officials to do whatever they had to in their war against the "scary" lead held then by Netscape.

"You should be able to break most of Netscape's licensing deals and return them to our advantage because our browsers are free," read one memo, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. "We should have absolutely dominant browser share in the corporate space...Make it clear that it does not make any sense to buy Netscape Navigator."

If the DOJ can bring a new case against Microsoft, it will attempt to block the release of Windows 98, which bundles--or integrates--their Internet Explorer browser with Windows. Justice would like Microsoft to offer two versions of Windows 98--one with Internet Explorer and one without

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