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.


by TonyG <>

Friday November 2nd, 2001 6:02 AM

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Stories of how well Opera is doing from the recent MSN site blocking incident are everywhere.

You would think that Microsoft only blocked Opera - even though they blocked mozilla and indeed NS6 from the Passport sign on site. All quotes on the matter are from Opera. not a sound from Netscape or

Yet another golden opportunity for great publicity goes to waste.