The US Department of Justice (DoJ), which has won the latest round of its antitrust battle with Microsoft, said it is satisfied with the Supreme Court's decision not to take up the matter.
"We're pleased with the court's decision," the DoJ's Gina Talamona said. "We'll continue our progress in the district court."
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, one of the Attorneys General of the 18 states that joined with the DoJ in opposing Microsoft, said he too is pleased that the Supreme Court has declined to take up the Microsoft case and that it will proceed on the schedule set forth by Judge Kollar-Kotelly.
"We are not surprised that the Supreme Court did not take up the matter because the decision by the Court of Appeals was unanimous and very well-reasoned," said Miller in a statement.
Microsoft officials, on the other hand, said they were disappointed in the Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case, but will not lodge any more appeals for the time being.
Spokesman Jim Desler said: "We understood coming in that very few petitions for Supreme Court review are granted and had hoped that our petition was one of the few the Supreme Court could review this term."
Desler added that Microsoft will continue moving forward and will comply with the Court's order to work with the Government to settle the case.
Many industry officials said that Microsoft's appeal to the Supreme Court was a long shot, mainly because it is still in disorder in the lower courts, and that it was not a big surprise that the court refused to hear the case without any comment.
Giga Information Group analyst Rob Enderle maintained that this was expected. "Microsoft's move was to delay any action against Windows XP until they could get it out the door. With it on hardware now, it would appear their strategy was successful," he said.
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