Microsoft: Explorer's no monopolizer

It counters claims that Windows 98 will discourage the use of other
browsers


Microsoft Corp. has charged that Netscape Communications Corp. and other companies are
conducting a misinformation campaign against Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0 browser.


In June, Netscape and Gateway 2000 Inc. officials complained to several senators that
Microsoft's tight integration of Explorer 4.0 with the forthcoming Microsoft Windows 98
will discourage use of any other browser.


The companies said this would let Microsoft monopolize distribution of information over
the Internet.


In response, Sens. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Craig Thomas
(R-Wyo.) have asked Federal Trade Commission chairman Robert Pitofsky to review
allegations that Microsoft violated the restraint-of-trade consent decree it signed with
the Justice Department in 1994.

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