According to US press reports, Microsoft is about to begin talks with the Department of Justice (DoJ) to settle the Government?s antitrust case against the company. But Microsoft sources said the company will not compromise on what it sees as its right to add features to Windows.
The government filed its antitrust complaint in May, after earlier settlement negotiations broke down. Since the start of the trial in October, Microsoft has appeared unwilling to compromise. But according to most observers, the DOJ has presented a strong case.
Using Microsoft?s own email messages, the Government has argued convincingly that the company used its monopoly position in desktop operating systems to exert pressure on competitors such as Netscape, Apple and Real Networks.
A month ago, just before a six week break in the trial, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson reportedly encouraged both parties to ?use the recess wisely.? A Microsoft official who asked not to be named confirmed on Monday that the company is ?taking seriously the judge?s suggestion.?
?We?ve always been willing to talk with the government and address their concerns,? the source continued. ?But at the same time we want to maintain our right to improve and add features to our products.?
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