Microsoft, DOJ settlement close...
November 1, 2001 11:43 AM   Subscribe

Microsoft, DOJ settlement close... but the deal apparently would not place significant limitations on functions that Microsoft could "bundle" into its Windows operating program. The judge is said to be concerned about the "national psyche," but will slapping Bill on the wrists really help things?
posted by tranquileye (6 comments total)
Call me when they settle. Then it's news worth reporting.
posted by dogmatic at 11:45 AM on November 1, 2001

Don't worry, dogmatic. I'm sure we'll have at least 10 threads about it...
posted by fooljay at 12:21 PM on November 1, 2001

The terrorists are after our way of life! They want to unbundle our browsers!

Aux Arms, Citoyens!
posted by dhartung at 4:23 PM on November 1, 2001

posted by rushmc at 4:51 PM on November 1, 2001

Here's the Proposed Final Judgement (i.e. the settlement) (via
posted by boaz at 8:57 AM on November 2, 2001

It still has to be approved by the judge, but I can't see that not happening. It's basically a grab bag of the conduct remedies that have been thrown around for months: no punishing OEM's for supporting competitors, publish API's that bundled products use, make XP SP1 more customizable by OEM's, etc.
One big caveat: it's only enforceable by the government, so OEM's or competitors won't be able to sue directly for violations of it.
posted by boaz at 9:07 AM on November 2, 2001

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