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Un-deterred - the Microsoft publicity machine rolls on and reading this side
of the story - it would certainly seem as if nothing happened.
-- from ms web site
Microsoft Responds to Courts Preliminary Decision
December 11, 1997
Microsoft said today it is gratified that Judge Jackson denied the Justice
Departments petition for an order holding the company in contempt of court
for allegedly violating the consent decree. The Court has agreed with
Microsoft that discovery and further proceedings are necessary before any
final decision can be issued. The Court ruled that any decision at this time
on whether Microsoft is violating the consent decree would be "premature."
Pending further proceedings, the Court issued a preliminary injunction
concerning the licensing of Windows 95 to computer manufacturers. It allows
Microsoft to continue to offer to OEMs the full Windows 95 product, which
includes Internet Explorer, so long as the OEM has the option of installing
that portion of Windows 95 that does not include IE 3.0 or 4.0 files.
"This is a preliminary decision. The Court agrees that more fact finding is
necessary and there is now a process for moving forward on this matter,"
said William H. Neukom, Senior Vice President for Law and Corporate Affairs.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide further evidence and
legal analysis, and we are confident that at the end of the full process we
will prevail. We remain confident that continuing to innovate and integrate
technologies is good for the software industry and good for consumers," said
The Court also denied those portions of the Justice Departments petition
that concerned non-disclosure agreements between Microsoft and companies
with which Microsoft does business.
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