SPA: Break up Microsoft!

The former Software Protection Agency (SPA), which recently changed its name to the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), has recommended to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that Microsoft Corporation be broken up into two to four companies if the software giant loses its antitrust case.

The SIIA believes that Microsoft should be broken into at least two companies, or perhaps more, where each company is focused on a particular segment of the software market. Its says that such action is required because Microsoft has repeatedly gotten around earlier judgments against it by finding loopholes or, in some cases, by blatantly disobeying them.

The SIIA delivered its recommendation to lead DOJ attorney David Boies in the form of a 40-page report.

"\[The report\] was commissioned at the request of the board of directors, who wanted to look at all the issues related to what could happen if Microsoft is found guilty and what the potential remedies out there are," said SIIA spokesperson David Byer.

Oddly enough, Microsoft is a member of the SIIA

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