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Microsoft dives for the goal line

Yet another analysis on the case that just won’t go away.

It seems like I write about a new wrinkle in the Microsoft case every week. While I sometimes feel uncomfortable about this, I quickly comfort myself with the fact that news from Redmond these days is the most important stuff for our readers since I took this job. Simply put, the upcoming Windows XP launch will affect the most devastating change in the computer industry since Windows 95, if it happens at all. What Microsoft does in advance of the XP launch is too newsworthy to avoid.

And readers have probably had their fill of all the opinions on it. Not that analysts have varied opinions about the case. I have read several columns validating my August column and a recent ReleVents column. The best commentary I have found is from BusinessWeek. Most seem to agree that Microsoft is charging ahead with the cool ease of Bronko Nagurski, hoping to score before time runs out on its grand scheme to dominate the Internet.

Recent news from Redmond only validates analyst opinions. Microsoft made three crucial moves in the open field this past week that make it clear it will not stop monopolizing until it’s gang tackled. First, it appealed to the Supreme Court for a whole new trial, a move that is obviously an attempt to further stall legal proceedings in order to avoid an injunction on the Windows XP launch. Then it

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