For 62 days in court, the Department of Justice and its hired gun, David Boies, hammered Microsoft in a futile attempt to show that the company’s bad-boy tactics have harmed consumers.

Never mind that it’s not consumers but competitors who are grousing. Never mind that users can buy a personal computer for less than $3,000-about 3 percent of which is the cost of the operating system-and have more capability on their desktops than a $10 million super computer had 15 years ago. That may be true today. But tomorrow, the DOJ warns, consumers will certainly be paying too much for software.

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