Microsoft Drafting Alternatives for Government Proposal

Published May 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Microsoft Corp. is drafting an alternative to the government's proposed breakup of the company that would limit some business practices, according to an AP report Sunday, quoting The Washington Post. 

Suggestions include giving computer makers more flexibility to alter Windows software.  

In Sunday editions, the newspaper quoted sources close to the company as saying the proposal is intended to show US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson that there is a way to address the judge's verdict that Microsoft violated antitrust law without breaking up the company  

The Microsoft response is due Wednesday, but company lawyers are set to seek more time for a full response to the Justice Department's breakup proposal, the Post said.  

It said the draft Microsoft plan would call for a version of Windows that hides access to the browser in the operation system. Microsoft says the two products now are fully integrated and cannot be separated in current versions.  

Another part of the plan would allow computer makers to make alterations to the Windows operating system's desktop area of the computer screen that is seen when programs are not running –  


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