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.

#2 Stable Full Interfaces

by pallando <>

Thursday November 1st, 2001 4:27 AM

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IF Microsoft provide a version of windows without a built in web browser, and allow companies like gateway to sell new PCs with pre-installed and configured windows + netscape

THEN I have no problem with Microsoft being allowed to also ship a version of windows that comes bundled with their own web browser for the same price

PROVIDED THAT 1. Microsoft\\\'s own browser does not use any interfaces that are not published and made available to all other browser producers.

AND 2. These interfaces are kept stable and supported - not ditched or altered as soon as someone uses one in a way that IE does not.