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Editor’s Note: How might a breakup of Microsoft be structured? Open Courtasked Bob Lande, an antitrust attorney and law professor, and Dave Solomon, a software professional, to chart that terrain via an exchange of email.

Bob:How do you get 15 companies from Microsoft?

Dave:There is room for at least 7 varieties of Windows, each potentiallyspecialized and optimized for market niches: (1) basic home users who surfthe web and exchange email, (2) desktop publishing, (3) web site hosts, (4)CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing), (5) gameplayers, (6) basic business workstations and (7) LAN (Local Area Network)servers. There are other possible niches, for hospital networks, networkson Navy ships, and so on.

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