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.

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

by rgelb <>

Thursday November 1st, 2001 8:56 PM

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Ok, this is how voting works. You come to the polling place, grab a ballot and vote. This actually requires getting out of bed and going to the polling place followed by pressing the chads out of their spots.

Suspicious pattern my ass. Either they have something or they don't. If they did, it would be out in the news.

As far as the 140 votes difference (i think it was actually less than that) goes, it was shown only in one of several possible configurations favorable to Al Gore. In all other cases, Bush had wins with up to 3000 votes. See NY Times for details.

As far as the settlement goes, yeah on the first glance, it seems pretty weak. But, according to the link provided by MozillaZine, MS won't be able to tie browsers, media players and some other stuff into the OS. I think that's reasonable. A $10b fine would have been nice, but oh well.

Furthermore, had it not been for IE kicking in Netscape's teeth, this site along with the Mozilla project would not exist.