"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
"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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