The Register: US demands MS split, open up APIs, liberate PC OEMsApr 29, 2000, 15:22 (2 Talkback[s])
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"But although the two-way split is the most dramatic of the proposed measures, the "conduct remedies" further down the document are most likely to be effective (and, indeed, workable) in the short term. The government hasn't gone as far as asking for the creation of a third company running Internet activities, and the two units will still be huge monopolies, dominant in the operating systems and applications sectors."
"The company's hold on the PC manufacturers is therefore to be tackled via numerous restrictions. Microsoft won't be allowed to interfere with PC OEMs' ability to bundle and promote other software products, and will be forced to charge standard prices for Windows; these prices are to be published on Microsoft's Web site. It will be prohibited from entering exclusive deals with other software and Internet companies, and isn't allowed to sabotage other companies' products."
"The government terms this "Knowing Intereference with Performance," and says that "Microsoft shall not take any action that it knows will interfere with or degrade the performance of any non-Microsoft Middleware when interoperating with any Windows Operating System Product without notifying the supplier of such non-Microsoft Middleware in writing that Microsoft intends to take such action, Microsoft's reasons for taking the action, and any ways known to Microsoft for the supplier to avoid or reduce interference with, or the degrading of, the performance of the supplier's Middleware."