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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.


#30 This man pays more than Microsoft!

by niner

Friday November 2nd, 2001 6:29 AM

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have a look at <http://www.tacube.com/pages/mcowen.html>

He's sent to jail and has to pay some hundred thousands of dollars just because he let RC5 ( <http://www.distributed.net> ) run on a schools computers.

Nice contrast to a Microsoft getting just losing nearly nothing for all they have done...