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.
#4 Unbundling isn't the way
Thursday November 1st, 2001 7:19 AM
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I don't really see the point of offering two versions of Windows.
Is what they mean allowing IE to be a removable component like, say, Dial Up Networking?
I don't care if IE is bundled in Windows. I just want to be able to remove it so it doesn't clog my system! Forcing it down our throats is how it's anti-competitive.