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CNET News.com: States reportedly propose Windows auction

Mar 28, 1999, 18:30 (4 Talkback[s])

"State attorneys general preparing for antitrust settlement talks with Microsoft will ask the software giant to give up control of the Windows operating system, possibly through an auction, according to a report today.

"The idea for a forced auction of Windows licensing rights was one of several proposals the attorneys general will take to a negotiating session with Microsoft executives Tuesday, the Seattle Times reported."

"If a forced auction is unacceptable, the states say their goal could be attained by demanding that Microsoft make Windows available publicly on an "open source" basis..."

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