Well, I’ve read through most of the “Findings of Fact” about the Microsoft anti-trust case, and it seems that the judge is pretty set against them. (read is here: http://usvms.gpo.gov/ )
What I want to know is what kind of punishment will Microsoft get. I don’t think it’s going to be a slap on the wrist; the judge’s statements are too harsh for that. However, there are a lot of rumors floating around, many of which seem viable, but none are certain.
Microsoft will want to settle out of court, I assume, but I think the government will ask for too much, or else not be willing to settle, leaving it to the judge.
In that case, I see two possibilities:
MS is broken up like AT&T. The question is, who gets control of the new “baby MS” companies, and along what lines are they divided?
MS is ordered to open the source code for all of its software. I think this is the most serious thing that could happen to MS, and could be the stake in the heart that will kill them in the long run.
Any thoughts? Anyone heard any other rumors?