Judge Mostly Approves Microsoft-DOJ Settlement in Antitrust Case

Friday November 1st, 2002

United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has issued her opinions in the Microsoft antitrust case. The ruling covers both Microsoft's settlement with the US Department of Justice and also the harsher remedies sought by the nine non-settling states. Slashdot has links to relevant documents in PDF format. From what we understand, Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the Microsoft-DOJ settlement is in the public interest and recommended only a few changes. Most of the non-settling states' concerns have been rejected. Slashdot sums up the judgement as "a massive win for Microsoft." More stories at CNET and WinInfo.

UPDATE! Further articles can be found at Reuters, CNN/Money and BBC News.

ANOTHER UPDATE! The Register has a story on the ruling and an analysis piece that concludes that the settlement has too many loopholes to be effective. The New York Times also has a report and analysis (both articles require free registration). Finally, CNET has expanded its coverage of the ruling and Computerworld has a report with a variety of quotes.

Microsoft's opinion of the ruling is available in the Legal News section of their site. Documents include a brief statement and a transcript of a press conference held on Friday.

#9 Re: Netscape = Dead Dog

by schapel

Saturday November 2nd, 2002 8:32 AM

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According to <> there are more than 600 million people online. According to <…weare/who_datapoints.html> there are 35 million AOL users. That means less than 6% of people online use AOL. Surprise, surprise, 5%-6% of page hits come from AOL users.

It doesn't look like there's significant skewing of AOL page hits statistics due to page caching. Even if there is, all anyone can see is the skewed statistics. If AOL released Gecko-based software today, and every AOL user switched to the new software immediately, Gecko-based browsers would still generate less than 8% of all page hits. That's nowhere near the 40% claimed. And we know that neither will happen. At best AOL will release Gecko-based software for Windows in a few years, and it will take years for most of their users to switch over.

Just relax. Mozilla is not getting more than 10% share any time soon. It's okay. Keep breathing. It's not the end of the world!