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.

#54 Re: bah

by strauss

Saturday November 3rd, 2001 8:15 PM

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The conspiracy theory remains silly and overwrought. I doubt you have a foot in the business world, am I right?

What brought Netscape low was Netscape. I know a number of people who have worked there. It's pretty much as described in the press -- constant crisis mode, no real planning, no process to speak of, no accountability, major culture of programming heroism. In short, a recipe for disaster. That's why their products couldn't compete -- CMM level 0 is no basis for developing large software projects. (Funny, all the founders' other projects seem to have gone the same way.)

You still seem unable to grasp the idea that Mozilla in CI$ is a _trial_run_. They don't know yet whether it's ready or if it will cause customer migration and excessive support costs. That's why they're _testing_ it. If they won't commit to it yet, it's because they _don't_know_. How are they supposed to know without a trial run? Sheesh.

EOC -- end of conversation