Microsoft settlement approved

— 4:16 PM on November 1, 2002

A federal judge today approved, for the most part, the antitrust settlement between Microsoft and the US Department of Justice. An appeal is likely, but at least for now this sums up the settlement:

The settlement would prevent Microsoft from participating in exclusive deals that could hurt competitors; require uniform contract terms for computer manufacturers; allow manufacturers and customers to remove icons for some Microsoft features; and require that the company release some technical data so software developers can write programs for Windows that work as well as Microsoft products do.
Now remember, the court has to be concerned about what's in the public interest. Is this settlement fair? Does it go far enough?
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