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.

#7 Where is the Penalty?

by SubtleRebel <>

Thursday November 1st, 2001 9:54 AM

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The courts have decided multiple times that Microsoft has broken the law. When you break the law, you should be punished. How is this any kind of punishment?

Regardless of any future alternative packaging and licensing of Windows, it does not do anything to remedy any of the past damage that Microsoft has done.

If this deal goes through then it MIGHT prevent Microsoft from re-committing SOME of the same illegal practices that they have been found guilty of, but it means that they totally get away with what they have already done.

Microsoft profited because of their illegal business practices. That should not be ignored. This "settlement" does ignore it. At the very least, Microsoft should pay a very large fine to negate the profitablity of ignoring the law.