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InternetNews.com: States Want More From Microsoft

Dec 07, 2001, 22:49 (46 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)
"The nine states that refused to sign onto a settlement agreement between Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and the U.S. Department of Justice in November, Friday asked the federal judge overseeing the case for several stiff sanctions against the company.

In a filing, the states attorneys general asked Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia to force Microsoft to offer a version of the Windows operating system without middleware products like the Internet Explorer browser and Windows Media Player, and also asked the judge to require Microsoft to allow open-source licensing of the IE browser.

Additionally, the states want to require Microsoft to include Sun Microsystems' Java in Windows and make its Office suite of applications available for licensing to third parties, like Apple Computer -- which already licenses the software -- or vendors which could port the applications suite to Linux."

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