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.

#15 Re: Re: thanks, america, for voting republican

by tny

Thursday November 1st, 2001 1:17 PM

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[quote]The same sleazy $$$ (contributed to the Governor, the AG's boss) has already caused one AG to drop out of the suit even though the govt. WON in both District Court and the Court of Appeals. [/quote]

In my state, the AG is elected state-wide, not nominated. Frankly, I think it's a good idea.