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.

#60 Re: Why Johnny Can't Parse

by gwalla <>

Sunday November 4th, 2001 6:52 PM

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"Of course, it doesn't help that the W3C has taken a quick-n-dirty approach toward the documents it produces; "Recommendations" have the advantage of being able to go from draft to recommendation in "Internet Time", but they lose some of the rigor associated with IETF standards."

That was actually a deliberate tradeoff. The W3C was formed because the IETF's standards process was so slow that any HTML spec that resulted would already be horribly outdated, which basically meant that browser programmers *had* to add proprietary extentions in order to make it usable.