Consumers would be "significantly harmed" if Microsoft continues a "jihad" for dominance in the Web browser market.
These were the conclusions of an economist hired by the government to testify in the DoJ's case against the Redmond giant.
In a 100-plus paged document, Frederick Warren-Boulton concluded that Windows has a monopoly and that Microsoft has engaged in predatory practices to keep competitors at bay. These statements back the DoJ's contentions that Microsoft has violated antitrust laws.
But, Warren-Boulton remarked: "There is no guarantee, of course, that independent browsers will bring these benefits [from market competition conditions] or reduce the monopoly power of Microsoft... That is a matter for the market, not monopolists or engineers or economists to decide."
He added: "Having seen Microsoft successfully leverage its Windows monopoly against one threat, there will be less incentive to invest in other technologies that Microsoft might view as a similar threat and, thus, less innovative in the software industry."
Microsoft rejected Warren-Boulton's claims as "that of an ivory tower consultant with little or no direct experience" of the software industry. Warren-Boulton specialists in the economics of industrial organisations and previously served as chief economist to the DoJ's antitrust division.
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