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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.


#40 Re: Re: Well, this is a bit lame

by TonyG <tony.gorman@blueyonder.co.Yuk>

Friday November 2nd, 2001 11:26 AM

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Just read this <http://xml.com/pub/a/2001/10/31/msn.html> on XML.com.

Interesting read. MS have shown their intent through the MSN.com debacle. This legal decision is a green light to them to abuse all around them. 3 years of legal threats has amounted to them getting a wagging finger.

MS are gonna totally fuck the web up by their doings and only a break up of the company or some other heavy blow will stop them. The software industry is already starting to feel the pain of MS's domination and this decision makes gloomy, gloomy reading.

I hope that the Euro courts stick the boot into them as hard as possible because.