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December 23, 2002—In this issue:
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
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Two industry trade groups that represent Microsoft competitors have asked Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to let them appeal her decision in the Microsoft antitrust case. Noting that the judge's decision to green-light Microsoft's settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) will adversely affect their member companies, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) say that the decision isn't in the public interest. If the judge approves their request, her Microsoft antitrust decision will face two challenges on appeal: Earlier this month, Massachusetts and West Virginia also decided to appeal the decision.
"Our members are directly impacted by the terms of the settlement," said SIIA President Ken Wasch. "After careful analysis of the terms of the settlement and after carefully reading Judge Kollar-Kotelly's ruling, we respectfully conclude that this settlement is not in the public interest. We believe the Appeals Court should have an opportunity to review that determination." The groups point to more than 30,000 public comments that individuals submitted during the Tunney Act proceedings of the Microsoft hearings. More than two thirds of the comments were critical of the settlement proposal.
The two groups, which represent AOL Time Warner, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and other companies, filed a motion for appeal Friday at a federal appellate court in Washington, DC. In response, the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), a trade group that Microsoft backs, issued a statement that described the groups' appeal request as "unnecessary ... and dangerous to the economy."
This weekend, Microsoft released a software update for Microsoft Outlook 2002 email and personal information manager (PIM) software that lets the product connect to servers running IBM's Lotus Domino, the major competitor to Microsoft Exchange Server. The Microsoft Outlook 2002 Connector lets Outlook users access email, calendar, address book, and task information stored on servers running Lotus Domino Release 5. Microsoft created the product with the cooperation of developers at IBM.
"Many of our customers with Domino servers have told us they would like to give their employees the opportunity to use the latest version of Outlook," said Ralf Harteneck, corporate vice president of the Communication and Meeting Services Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft strives to make Office and its family of applications as valuable as possible in a variety of IT infrastructures. The Connector is one way we're doing that and addressing the needs of those customers."
Any Outlook 2002 (or Office XP) user can use the Outlook 2002 Connector. The update is a free download available from the Microsoft Web site.
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