Microsoft and Federal Government Reach Tentative Settlement

Wednesday October 31st, 2001

MSNBC is reporting that Microsoft has reached a tentative settlement with the Federal Government. The deal calls for a 5 year consent decree that forces Microsoft to release Windows without a variety of currently bundled programs like Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player.

As you may know, the US Government has had consent decrees before, and Microsoft has completely ignored them, we feel. As in the past, we expect the version of Windows without the bundled packages to be almost identical in price to the current version of Windows. The last major question remaining is whether the State Attorneys General agree with the deal. We hope they do not, and push for much harsher punishment.

#1 How does this help?

by thelem

Thursday November 1st, 2001 1:51 AM

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If you are offered a product on its own, or a product with lots of free stuff included that you would otherwise have had to download, which will you choose?

I don't think anyone can argue that the bundling of IE makes it easier for individual users, but that doesn't take into account the overall effect of the bundling on market share.

I don't see OEMs going for it either - they would not want to upset Microsoft.