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.

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

by rgelb <>

Thursday November 1st, 2001 3:11 PM

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Look, buddy (aka short-attention span guy), various newspapers went back and recounted the ballot for the entire state (not just 3 dem counties) using every conceivable method (with chads, without chads, pregnant and otherwise). In each case Bush won. So whatever court decided is obviously irrelevant. Pay attention.