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.

#53 its a step

by niner

Saturday November 3rd, 2001 6:43 PM

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but it's a very small step which goes not far enough. Additionally this gives nothing back to companies like Netscape, Sun, etc. which were harmed by the monopolist, so it seems like all is okay if you break laws as long as you stop or just reduce this behaviour some years later.