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.

#41 Re: Well, this is a bit lame

by thomanski

Friday November 2nd, 2001 11:53 AM

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Well said. Reminds me of something I read on NTK last year:

"What Penfield Jackson spotted about MS was that they were "untrustworthy" types, happy to ignore the spirit of any suggestion if they can comply with the wording. And that means that given a legal division, they'll hack a technical workaround. [...] if they're given enough momentum, they'll follow a trajectory of exclusionary methods that'll keep them both lock-step in technological lock-in. Microsoft isn't fighting the legal damage: it's planning to route right around it."

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Funny we all know what's going to happen, but can't change it, don't you think?


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