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SJ Mercury: Best be very wary of Microsoft bearing settlement offer

Mar 30, 1999, 09:12 (2 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Thomas Pfau for this link.

This article offers some advice to the attorneys in the Microsoft anti-trust case.

"I still can't fathom the reasons for the antitrust division's folderol in 1994 (the consent decree went into effect in 1995), a deal that was the equivalent of a wet kiss. It was so ineffectual that Microsoft, in a typical burst of arrogance, bragged aloud that it would have no impact on business practices. It's no coincidence that everything important in a PC is more powerful and costs less today than it did four years ago -- except Microsoft's software."

"Last year, as the Justice Department and its allies in state governments were preparing to file the current action, Microsoft pleaded for a postponement to hold settlement talks. The company wanted to discuss alternatives. But when the parties got to the meat of the issues, the government correctly concluded it was being messed with. Again."

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