It was a week of frenzy, five days in a pressure cooker. Government prosecutors won the victory against software giant Microsoft Corp. that everyone had entirely expected. But no one anticipated the heat that it would generate, roiling the stock market, and triggering reaction on Capitol Hill.

Everyone is invested, literally, in the outcome of this antitrust case: the government prosecutors who won; the Microsoft executives who appear confident that they will win on appeal but who want to get on with their business; the Republican congressmen who are pressing to investigate whether the Justice Department was overzealous in its pursuit of antitrust charges — and the cab drivers.