Microsoft's victory in an appeals court on Thursday could see the company return to its old aggressive tactics. For several months the company has been aggressively rolling out its .Net software-as-a-service strategy as well as advancing the Internet service code-named HailStorm and the upcoming Windows XP operating system -- all of which employ so-called bundling tactics that partially sparked the current antitrust case.
One state attorney general has already noted that recent announcements by the company indicate that it may be repeating its efforts to maintain and extend its monopoly even more broadly into the Internet.
The issue of product integration, or "tying", was one of the most controversial aspects of the antitrust case. Microsoft claimed it had the right to improve Windows by incorporating new products such as a Web browser, while the government argued that the company illegally used its monopoly in operating systems to crack other markets.
Now some say the company is pursuing again same path it took with the browser.
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