|[12:30 PM] Judge Jackson To Announce Microsoft Antitrust Ruling At 4:30 PM EDT Today
by Wes George
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson plans to hand down his ruling later this afternoon in the historic Microsoft antitrust case that could lead to the division of the software monolith into two corporate entities.
The judge wasted no time announcing the decision will be made public at 4:30 EDT today. Only yesterday Microsoft made its final plea against what the Redmond company characterizes as extreme and unenforceable remedies set forth by the Department of Justice.
A disappointed Microsoft legal team said, "Instead of agreeing to correct the many defects in the proposed final judgment, and thereby minimize the damage that its entry would inflict on a wide range of participants in the computer industry, the government has agreed to only a few cosmetic changes,"
The Mac Observer will be offering a full report on the ruling.
The Mac Observer Spin: Apparently the good Judge has heard all he needs to hear and cut the lollygagging Microsoft defense team off short. Judge Jackson will probably come down hard on the company that Bill Gates started. It's a historic moment and -- we hope -- the end of an era!