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.
#10 Lawyers don't get the technical details
by rgelb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday November 1st, 2001 11:30 AM
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I've read that one of the remedies is to force MS to disclose Windows technical info. Now that's a non-remedy, if I've ever seen one. They already publish all windows APIs. There is even a website devoted to it (msdn.microsoft.com).