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.

#8 Re: Arrgh!

by tny

Thursday November 1st, 2001 10:59 AM

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No point. 1. They (Representatives and Senators, our rough analogues of MPs, though it's a very rough analogy) make a policy of ignoring email. 2. They aren't getting their snail mail thanks to the anthrax scares. 3. They don't have the kind of direct control over the executive that parliamentary democracies have (US system is VERY different from the parliamentary system: for instance, in the Senate, the controlling party is the Democratic, while the House and the Administration are Republican; the Judicial, too, though partisan politics in the Judicial branch is a recent, unacknowledged development). In my state, where the Attorney General is directly elected, and mail isn't held up for a week while it's irradiated, we can maybe affect state policy more easily than federal policy. 4. Most of the folks who'd agree fought Ashcroft's nomination anyway, so we'd be preaching to the choir or the pit. 5. Noone wants to get caught up in a big partisan brawl in the middle of a war.