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.

#65 Re: Stable Full Interfaces

by pallando <>

Friday November 9th, 2001 9:58 AM

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> I also see no mention of how the OS interoperates with the middleware.

The Register ( <> ) goes into that subject in more detail:

START QUOTE ^...the Windows Operating System Product may invoke a Microsoft Middleware Product [without your permission, even after you ve hidden it, presumably] in any instance in which:

^1. that Microsoft Middleware Product would be invoked solely for use in interoperating with a server maintained by Microsoft (outside the context of general Web browsing), or ^2. that designated Non-Microsoft Middleware Product fails to implement a reasonable technical requirement (e.g. a requirement to be able to host a particular ActiveX control) that is necessary for valid technical reasons to supply the end user with functionality consistent with a Windows Operating System Product, provided that the technical reasons are described in a reasonably prompt manner to any ISV that requests them.^

Point 1 gives pretty good cover for .NET services (which can easily be ^outside the context of general Web browsing^), while 2 provides endless scope for Microsoft to tell its rivals how fundamentally broken their products are. END QUOTE