Microsoft Australia's new managing director, Paul Houghton has described the US Department of Justice's recent finding of fact in the long running anti-trust case against the software giant as "a blip on the radar screen".
In his first address to the local media, US recruit Houghton said Microsoft "wants nothing more than to resolve the case . . . so the distraction goes away from the customers and employees.
"We think [last week's outcome] is one stop in the long process," he said.
Houghton said it is too early to predict "a remedy" for the case, but he personally does not expect Microsoft to be split into separate companies.
"[However], if the company was to be split, I don't think the market would see any change," he said.