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Microsoft process continues

Microsoft process continues

According to a message from Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in New York, only nine of the eighteen complaining US states have agreed to the compromise found. This means that the proceedings will probably be reopened.

In the four-year legal dispute over the alleged abuse of monopoly Microsoft is hardly making any progress. According to the agreement reached with the Justice Department in Washington, Microsoft must give PC manufacturers more freedom to install software products from other manufacturers. More information about the Windows operating system also needs to be made available to competitors, but no fines are planned against Microsoft in the process. Tom Reilly, Attorney General of the US state of Massachusetts, sharply criticized the compromise, stating that there is a risk that the consumer will not be used but rather harmed. The process is now being continued with the remaining nine plaintiff states, the still presiding judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has scheduled new hearings for March 2002.