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.

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by mosborne

Tuesday November 6th, 2001 10:57 PM

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Re: Publishing API\\\\\\\'s

There are so many exceptions to this (e.g., authentication, or anything to do with anti-piracy, or the security/integrity of their client\\\\\\\'s network, etc.) that MS can effectively ignore it. Why? Becasue *they* get to make the definitions of what falls under what category. Also, MS is *not* required to allow you to remove anyof their middleware, only to *hide* it. It will still be there active availble for virues or whatnot to use. MS may also override any of your choosen substitutions for their \\\\\\\"removed\\\\\\\" middleware for a whole list of reasons. And again, those decisions are made by MS.

Re: Dual-booting

Note the wording in the agreement. You can only do this if you use a non-Microsoft bootloader. You can\\\\\\\'t use the NT bootloader to present a choice unless MS allows you to. In reality no real change here at all. Especially since Windows loves to take over the boot functions.

This whole decree is effectively nothing at all. It is so riddled with outs, and holes as to be utterly useless.