Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2007 14:34 UTC, submitted by D. Suse
Legal A group of state attorneys general urged a federal judge on Tuesday to hold Microsoft to a 2002 antitrust settlement another five years so that the company can't stymie embryonic Web 2.0 rivals of its Windows operating system. According to six states - California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Massachusetts - and the District of Columbia, Microsoft could use its Internet Explorer browser as a 'chokepoint' to block moves that might unseat Windows dominant position on the desktop.
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by chicobaud on Sat 20th Oct 2007 23:57 UTC
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According to six states -- California, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Massachusetts -- and the District of Columbia, Microsoft could use its Internet Explorer browser as a "chokepoint" to block moves that might unseat Windows dominant position on the desktop.

"Microsoft has the ability -- by virtue of IE's dominance and its resulting control of Web standards -- to use the browser as a chokepoint with respect to consumer access to the Internet-centric technologies that currently represent the most promising nascent platform threats to Windows," the states claimed.


Uhh, IExplorer can indeed set standards but they are doing the same with OOXML and ODF ! And you shut up and pay ! Getting tired of it...

If I were a lawyer and came up with such agreement - 5 years !! - my Boss and I would consider ourselves bad negotiators.

What is the justification for an allowed 5 years dominance position abuse ?

No justification ! Also, this is unacceptable under European Union Laws !
Microsoft has been declared as abusing dominance position and bad practices already for the media player here (in EU).
Guess USA citizens like to be fooled. Let me make more money by fooling you.

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