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ON-LINE SERVICES FILE COMPLAINT AGAINST MICROSOFT
Published March 2, 1995
Microsoft's foes launched a potent new attack that has opened yet another inquiry into Microsoft's business tactics." America Online, Compuserve and Prodigy, "the Big Three home- oriented online services," charge that Microsoft's impending entry into the on-line market "constitutes an unfair advantage." The on-line services fear "devastating competition" from Microsoft, which intends to incorporate its own on-line service into the next version of its DOS/Windows operating system, which now controls 80% of the world's personal computers. Microsoft spokesperson on legal affairs Greg Shaw: "This is to be expected." Shaw noted that the company has anticipated for months that federal investigators will review the company's on- line plans. In other on-line news, America Online announced that German media conglomerate Bertelsmann's $50M investment will give them a 5% stake in the service. The two companies' planned venture to provide on-line services in Europe will be split 50-50 (James Coates, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/2).