Microsoft remedies urged

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The Consumer Federation of America is urging that Microsoft Corp. either be split up or strong remedies imposed to prevent anti-competitive conduct. In a report issued today and available on its Web site (consumerfed. org/msremedies.pdf), the consumer group said remedies should include: requiring Microsoft to make its Office software usable on other operating systems; transparent pricing; and a ban on special marketing deals. In addition, the group said Microsoft should be barred from tying products together, should be forced to maintain compatibility and support older systems, and the Internet Explorer browser should be a separate program. "The court must pry open the market that has been closed to competition," Mark Cooper, the group's director of research, said in a statement.

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