Judge prefers Microsoft be split in 3

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The judge in the federal government's antitrust suit against Microsoft Corp. on May 24 ordered the government to revise its plan to split Microsoft in two. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson suggested he would look more favorably on a plan that would divide Microsoft in three. The judge said he wants an alternative plan and also indicated that the Internet Explorer browser should be in a third company. The government had proposed that the Microsoft operating system be in one company while another hold its Microsoft Office software and some other properties.

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