updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue June 4, 2002
Ralph Nader has suggested that the US Government use its purchasing power to fight Microsoft's dominance in computer software. "By changing its spending habits, the federal government could accomplish what it had failed to do in the long-running and costly antitrust case against the Redmond, Washington-based software giant." Unlike big-ticket items, which are bidded on from a number of possible producers, office software is just purchased without competive bidding. One suggestion from Nader is that "the government could require the software giant to make its proprietary formats work smoothly with products from Apple Computer."