Microsoft's monopoly XP fix

Monday, 27 May 2002, 12:06 PM EST

Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to a settlement in October designed to address complaints that the software giant was using its market dominance to bully computer manufacturers and others to favor its products.

The settlement, which is being challenged as inadequate by nine states, would give computer makers more flexibility to feature rival software on their machines.

The settlement is not binding until signed by the judge, although Microsoft agreed to comply with certain conditions before then, Jim Cullinan, lead product manager, told Reuters.

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