Thursday, June 11, 1998 Published at 08:37 GMT 09:37 UK
Business: The Company File
Going after Microsoft
Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft, is heading for a lengthy legal battle
Joel Klein, the main prosecutor from the US Justice Department in the Microsoft case, has outlined why he wants to take the software giant to court.
He said that the Justice Department was unlikely to ever take action against the monopoly Microsoft has managed to create in the desk top computer market with its Windows computer software.
However Mr Klein said he was challenging the way Microsoft wants to use its operating system to stifle competition in new markets, especially the Internet browser market.
The legal showdown between Microsoft, one of the world's most powerful companies, and the US justice department will take place this September.
Mr Klein confirmed that he is pushing ahead with the legal action against the computer giant and will initiate the court battle as soon as possible.
Talks between the two sides collapsed in acrimony last month.
Microsoft has continued to ship its new Windows 98 operating system despite the impending law suits. It is due to officially launch the system next June.
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