June 6, 2000 – Big news from the Justice Department today. Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein, in charge of the Anti-Trust division, announced in a press conference that a ruling had been made in the U.S.vs. Microsoft case, and Microsoft lost. What it meant was, the Tech giant was to be split in two.
According to The Guardian’s June 7th edition:
A US federal judge ordered the Microsoft Corporation to split into two companies today, prescribing the biggest corporate breakup since AT&T while harshly rebuking the global software giant for stifling computer-age competition.
Potentially monumental, the ruling by US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson was not the last word in a case that could define the limits of companies operating in a high-tech economy. Microsoft has promised to appeal in the case, which had been pressed by the Justice Department and 19 states. The case could go to the US Court of Appeals or directly to the Supreme Court.
Jackson, who concluded two months ago that Microsoft had violated antitrust law, ordered the company to be split into these parts:
One that would oversee the Windows operating system.
A second that would handle all other Microsoft software, such as its “Word” program.
The Justice Department and 17 of the 19 states recommended that the company be broken into two pieces – one to own and market Windows, source of the company’s monopoly position, and another to control other software and the company’s Internet business.
There was other news: Revised forecasts for the Hurricane season (which started on the 1st) indicated the coming few months would be worse than ever with Category 3, 4 and 5 hurricanes being the norm, rather than the exception. Experts said we were heading into an new era for these higher category storms and that the La Niña weather pattern was the culprit.
And that’s just a small slice of what went on, this June 6, 2000 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition.