MS, DOJ reach tentative antitrust deal

— 12:02 AM on November 1, 2001

Intial reports are saying that Microsoft and the Justice Department have agreed to settlement terms in the Microsoft antitrust trial. Shockingly, MSNBC seems to have the best inside info on the agreement's provisions at present:

The agreement would reportedly force the software company to end restrictive deals with computer makers, release some of the software code for Internet Explorer, and offer versions of Windows with and without added features like MSN Messenger.
Open some source code here, tweak some OEM contracts there, deliver a quick slap on the wrist, and presto! The trial is settled. I sure hope the Bush administration hasn't gone too easy on Microsoft here. The monopoly hasn't faded, and MS has seemed emboldened in the past few months.
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