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NEW YORK (CNNfn) - A federal judge declared Friday that Microsoft Corp. possesses monopoly power in the market for PC operating systems, giving the government a pivotal victory in the long-running antitrust trial. The findings represent a major setback to Microsoft in its defense and a sign that U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson will favor the government's case when he issues his final decision.
In his findings of fact, Jackson said there are no current products that pose a competitive threat to Microsoft 's (MSFT) Windows operating system, and that no such products are on the horizon. "Viewed together, three main facts indicate that Microsoft enjoys monopoly power," Jackson wrote. "First, Microsoft's share of the market for Intel-compatible PC operating systems is extremely large and stable. Second, Microsoft's dominant market share is protected by a high barrier to entry. Third, and largely as a result of that barrier, Microsoft's customers lack a commercially viable alternative to Windows. "Microsoft has demonstrated that it will use its prodigious market power and immense profits to harm any firm that insists on pursuing initiatives that could intensify competition against one of Microsoft's core products," Jackson added. "The ultimate result is that some innovations that would truly benefit consumers never occur for the sole reason that they do not coincide with Microsoft's self-interest." Justice Department officials hailed Jackson's findings as a major victory. "This fully supports the [Justice] Department's view that this case is about protecting consumers," U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno said. Microsoft shares fell 3/16 to close at 91-9/16 in Friday trade. Its shares tumbled to 88-3/16 in after-hours trade after the findings were issued.