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11 December 1997

Reuters reports that a federal judge has given a cease and desist order to Microsoft to stop requiring the bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows 95 until further notice. The judge did not grant the Department of Justice's request to hold Microsoft in contempt of a 1995 antitrust agreement. PC Week also covers the story, indicating that larger market forces may seek to include IE with Windows even without being forced to by Microsoft.

The Department of Justice also leaps into our news page with an announcement that is giving the green light on Apple's purchase of Power Computing's Mac OS license. Late this past summer, relations between the most successful clone manufacturer and Apple degraded as Apple evidently saw the high-end clones hurting their overall return to profitability. It's been a few month now since the announcement and so far, the Mac OS hasn't died. Umax and Motorola have some great bargain systems. However, I do note that the G3 systems I played with at August's Boston Macworld were faster than the current Apple G3 minitower. Hopefully, lack of competition within the Apple market won't slow down Apple's product development. Read more in Macweek.

Oracle argues with Microsoft over the future roll of NC's (network computers). Oracle claims that NC's will not replace desktop PC's but simply complement a market need for inexpensive alternative to terminals that can word process, use email, and access the web. Microsoft counters that NC's are far from living up to their hype and that their own Windows-based NetPC's are faster and more compatible with the business world. [PC Week]

A Business Week article indicates that Motorola is shifting gears in their chip strategy. Instead of battling an uphill battle with Intel for a piece of the desktop computer marker, Motorola will start to manufacture customized chips which integrate the system, memory, and processor in current systems. This will enable such things as cell phones to get even smaller, simpler, and cheaper. Trouble is, most manufacters are also heading in that direction. But with their extensive portfolio of processors, Motorola has a good chance to grab a head start in this converging market.

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