Breaking Windows: Will They Take Away Microsoft Office?

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Federal trustbusters are favoring a forced spinoff of Microsoft's Office software division as the best way to quash Microsoft's monopoly in the computer industry, according to a report today in the Wall Street Journal. The Justice Department and 19 states have been analyzing several different proposals since Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled against Microsoft earlier this month.

Office currently accounts for more than 40% of Microsoft's total revenue and a substantial part of its profits. Microsoft has two other major divisions: the platform group, which covers the Windows operating system; and the smaller Internet unit which produces Internet Explorer and other software.