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U.S. Vs Microsoft: The Inside Story of the Landmark Trial Hardcover – 10 Aug 2000

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (10 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007135588X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071355889
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,052,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It had all the elements of a Perry Mason television drama: big, powerful protagonists; shady witnesses; carefully argued points of law; leading players we loved to hate; rabbit-out-of-the-hat revelations; an irascible judge. And for much of the late 1990s, it held our attention (if not always our comprehension) like a flickering computer monitor. US v. Microsoft, the nation's biggest antitrust trial since the break-up of Ma Bell almost 20 years earlier, played itself out before us in many fascinating ways. Whether you were a techno-geek who spent his off-hours tinkering with the Windows registry for relaxation, a state attorney-general concerned about the near total dominance of the Windows operating system for the world's PCs, a student of the human character, a corporate PR counsel, a manager at a dot-com, or just someone who wondered why her PC seemed to crash more times than a Ford Pinto, there was something in the case of US v. Microsoft for you.

Now two journalists have produced an eyewitness account of this landmark trial. Joel Brinkley and Steve Lohr covered the story for The New York Times from the beginning. Given that, this book is likely to become the definitive work on the case for the general reader. Brinkley and Lohr pull together a comprehensive chronology of the events that led up to the trial and the judge's proposed remedy: the break-up of the world's largest, richest and most powerful software company. They frame their reportage (much of which is reproduced from their Times news stories) with fresh commentary and analysis of key events and biographical portraits of the players on both sides. It's all here: the damning internal e-mail messages; the botched technical demonstrations used to counter the government's proposed remedies; Microsoft's competitors twisting the knife on the witness stand; the infamous videotape presentation before the court by Bill Gates; Judge Jackson's incredulity at some of the testimony.

And while the final verdict may yet be years away, the case of US v. Microsoft will provide many salutary lessons for both governments and large companies--many of which in the high-tech world are growing bigger every day. --Alan J White


"New York Times reports Brinkley and Lohr consolidate their impressive two-year coverage of the antitrust case brought by the U.S. against Microsoft. The two provide detailed background on the attorneys for both sides, on Microsoft executives and especially on Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson...Major accounts as they appeared in the New York Times are inserted chronologically along with penetrating analysis and insightful comment." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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