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|Mon May 1, 2000 - 3:05 PM EDT - By James Hromadka|
Arguing that conduct remedies were insufficient to stop Microsoft's anti-competitive and unlawful conduct, the government said that on July 11, 1999, "Bill Gates wrote an e-mail directing that Microsoft redesign its software to harm competitors" who make personal digital appliances.Pretty surprising considering Palm is the company that has the bulk of the marketshare. The only thing that Microsoft could really do is remove the ability to sync with Palm-compatibles from various Microsoft products. Oh wait, they did that already.
The department noted that this was less than 30 days after the company's 78-day trial ended, in which it was accused of using similar tactics against Netscape and others. Ultimately, the judge concluded such tactics violated the law.
"After discussing the Palm computing platform, Mr. Gates concluded in his e-mail," starts one tantalizing sentence -- and abruptly it ends. At that point, Gates' comments were censored.
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