US attorneys combine to take on Microsoft

US attorneys combine to take on Microsoft
Tom Foremski
At least 13 US state Attorney Generals are joining forces to file an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, a move likely to delay the introduction of the Windows 98 operating system.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal yesterday told reporters that the lawsuit filing is “imminent” and addresses their concern about Microsoft’s dominance of the PC market and the bundling of Internet technologies with its operating system.
Any delays to Windows 98, which is due June 25, could spell trouble for computer and electronics firms worldwide, who are banking on the new operating system to spark demand for new PCs and computer peripherals. Microsoft says that Windows 98 will offer better hardware support for computer devices such as scanners and DVD drives, and also support Intel’s Universal Serial Bus which will simplify set-up procedures.

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