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.

#62 Has the DoJ been watching what Microsoft is doing

by pkb351 <>

Monday November 5th, 2001 2:20 PM

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Microsoft is continuing more of the same illegal stuff and seem to be thumbing their nose at the DoJ. This makes me wonder if the DoJ even knows what Microsoft does since the agreement they reached with Microsoft in the anti-trust case lead me to believe the DoJ either is: 1. unaware of all the recent anticompetitve stuff, 2. doesn't feel it is relevant to the present case,3. is tired of the case and wants it to go away, regardless of how many companies are hurt by this action.

I hope someone would bring the issue of blocking the competiton from this site at the final hearing before the remedy is agreed upon by the judge in the Microsoft case. Surely the Judge would not settle the case if Microsoft is still acting as anticompetitive as always? Then again this is a Republican appointed Judge (I believe).

Maybe Netscape or AOL will make a submission before the Judge before the court signs the agreement--we can only hope.