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MS and DOJ unlikely to settle?

By pwhysall in News
Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 12:53:02 PM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

It's not looking good for Microsoft in their epic anti-trust trial, according to this story on The Register.

In mega-summary, the DOJ had agreed to consider a settlement that did not include a breakup of Microsoft. The Microsoft proposal for settlement was described by DOJ lawyers as "complex" and "incomplete".

Is this one game of brinkmanship that Microsoft cannot win, given Judge Jackson's deadline of tomorrow?


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MS and DOJ unlikely to settle? | 9 comments (9 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Everyone will be better off if Micr... (3.00 / 1) (#2)
by hattig on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 05:58:18 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

Everyone will be better off if Microsoft are broken up. They have finally written an OS that can realistically be called an OS! The problem is, because of the dominance of Office (gained unfairly in the early '90s - they told all the other office developers to write apps for OS/2, and then sneaked out Word and Excel on Windows 3.0 with no competition - damn IBM for charging so much for OS/2 at the time) they basically make it a requirement to have Windows, and the upgrades for Office2000 require IE (why? I see no reason).

At least with 3 Microsofts (OS, Internet, Applications) they will have to respond to the market instead of trying to force the market to their end. If Linux/FreeBSD/MacOS X/etc become significant in the desktop market, then they will have to port Office, or lose out.

Of course, even if M$ are only forced to release their entire APIs and file formats and standards, everyone has gained. Instant Office compatability can be gained by everyone, and much more reliably as well.

The Real Irony Of Windows 2000 (none / 0) (#9)
by pwhysall on Thu Mar 30, 2000 at 03:12:37 AM EST

The really ironic thing about Windows 2000 is that finally, Microsoft have produced a decent version of Windows. It really is scalable and stable. Sure, it's still Windows, but it's at least on the same planet as real operating systems now.

But no-one wants it. Several of the companies I talk to, including the one I work for, have said "definitely not this year, and probably not next year". These are not small companies - these are large multinationals with thousands of users.
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I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.
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Bah, I hate that the opensource com... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by lachoy on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 11:39:48 AM EST

lachoy voted -1 on this story.

Bah, I hate that the opensource community has turned into a bunch of vultures waiting for the next MS misstep.
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I vote for this with the understand... (none / 0) (#8)
by marlowe on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 12:08:32 PM EST

marlowe voted 1 on this story.

I vote for this with the understanding that we will not be deluged with the ongoing flood rumors and speculation on this subject. One or two, fine. Oh, and if anyone has hard facts, I would very much welcome them.
-- The Americans are the Jews of the 21st century. Only we won't go as quietly to the gas chambers. --

Microsoft doesn't want to 'lose' so... (4.00 / 1) (#3)
by bmetzler on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 12:50:21 PM EST

bmetzler voted 1 on this story.

Microsoft doesn't want to 'lose' so they want to settlement that can't be enforced.
www.bmetzler.org - it's not just a personal weblog, it's so much more.

Gah! Enough MS news! Especially w... (none / 0) (#6)
by bobsquatch on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 02:30:18 PM EST

bobsquatch voted -1 on this story.

Gah! Enough MS news! Especially when we only need to wait ONE MORE DAY to get the definite word. Post something when Jackson makes a call, or when the negotiators announce a settlement. Don't post when some pundit wants to blather on about what "might" happen. Sheesh.

Finally, after years of waiting, we... (none / 0) (#4)
by Inoshiro on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 05:38:47 PM EST

Inoshiro voted 1 on this story.

Finally, after years of waiting, we shall see what Justice serves. True, the American Justice system is as fast as a Microsoft OS revision, but it has a fairly decent record in recent years ;-)

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Old news already... read it in 3 pl... (none / 0) (#5)
by evro on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 07:11:09 PM EST

evro voted -1 on this story.

Old news already... read it in 3 places since last night.
"Asking me who to follow -- don't ask me, I don't know!"

What happens to MS is going to affe... (none / 0) (#7)
by nascent on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 09:34:44 PM EST

nascent voted 1 on this story.

What happens to MS is going to affect the Open Source community, so just about any new DOJ vs. MS story will get my vote.

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