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SRO: Smoke Screen Concessions?

Mar 30, 2000, 22:34 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Developers and licensees are privately questioning the claim that Microsoft is offering significant concessions in its antitrust settlement proposal to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)."

"Primarily, say developers, Microsoft's alleged proposals--to decouple Internet Explorer from Windows, allow third parties "open" access to the Windows source code, publish all of its Windows application programming interfaces (API) and provide a level Windows licensing fee for hardware makers--all come too late and offer little real value...."

"Another industry official who currently holds a Windows source-code license says: "None of the concessions they are supposedly offering damages them in any way. It's like they've already slain the enemy, and now they are offering to drop their sword."

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