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Apr 04, 2000, 21:24 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft's insistence that it has the right to integrate whatever it chooses into Windows was an essential element of its defense and one reason settlement talks collapsed over the weekend. A Friday proposal made by 19 states, which with the Justice Department (DOJ) brought the case, would have put severe restrictions on what Microsoft could put into Windows."

"While the government fixated on Microsoft integrating Internet Explorer into Windows, the Redmond, Wash.-based software maker went on an integration spree, bundling all kinds of technologies into Windows NT and Windows 2000, Gartenberg said."

"These include essential tools for setting up corporate Intranets and running e-commerce operations, all available essentially for free with the operating system. While integrating these technologies could be viewed as a competitive move against Linux and Apache Web server, it also potentially extends Microsoft's Windows monopoly into new markets."

"If prosecutors are successful getting a preliminary order restricting what Microsoft puts into Windows, it could not only affect future product development but also hurt Windows 2000, which Microsoft increasingly is betting its future on."

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