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.

#57 Why don't the businesses complain?

by kongo09

Sunday November 4th, 2001 7:45 AM

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What I don't understand in all this is, why do businesses not complain about Windows being bundled with all that stuff?

Let's face it: no component coming with Windows is coming for free. There is no free lunch. They all cost a lot of money to develop and they are paid one way or another with revenues made elsewhere. Why would a business that needs thousands of Windows licenses for its machines want to pay this extra money for a media player it doesn't need, for a web browser it probably doesn't need, for a news reader it doesn't need, etc...

If you strip down Windows to the real core OS and take away all the 'freebies' you can probably end up with a third of the cost. These are substantial savings for businesses - but still they seem to fall for the odd supermarket 'buy one get one free' scam. Maybe the General Electrics, Bayers, or Fords of this world should demand the OS they really need for a fair price. And maybe the government should allow people to pay only for what they need.