Bush for Microsoft
Now that George Bush has won the election for president, things could develop for Microsoft in the anti-trust process, because Bush already had several times during the election campaign under the motto 'innovation, not litigation' (innovation, not processes) the process criticized.
The appointment of John Ashcroft, who comes from the arch-conservative religious wing of the Republicans, as the new attorney general could have a positive effect for Microsoft, because he is against the right to abortion, but is interested hardly for minority, civil rights and anti-trust legislation. Since Microsoft has already been convicted of antitrust violations, the proceedings can only be discontinued if the 19 suing US states also agree, which is very unlikely, however. Bush and Ashcroft can ensure that the software giant gets away with a much lighter penalty than required.