Microsoft Ordered to Split Into Two Companies
In a striking blow to the software giant, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson today ordered that Microsoft Corporation be split into two companies, operating systems and applications. In a 17-page ruling, Jackson slammed Microsoft for refusing to accept they had violated the Sherman Act, and called the company untrustworthy and unrepentant. The ruling gives Microsoft one year to arrange the split, and forces current shareholders to choose which company to be a part of. Jackson also ordered Microsoft to open portions of Windows source code. Microsoft will appeal the decision and take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary. Chairman Bill Gates released a videotaped response to the press, stating the appeals process has already begun. More details to follow.