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Microsoft May Become 3 Companies

January 12, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Government lawyers reportedly have come up with a plan for breaking up Microsoft.

USA Today says the lawyers favor a plan that would split the software giant into at least two companies, possibly three.

One company would deal with the Windows operating system, which runs nearly all personal computers. The second would be for software such as word processing. Microsoft’s Internet sites could form a third company or be folded into one of the other two.

A federal judge ruled in November that Microsoft is a monopoly and has hurt consumers. He has yet to hear arguments about possible remedies.

The newspaper says the government’s breakup plan may be offered during settlement talks with Microsoft in Chicago.

Microsoft is opposed to a breakup.

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