Statement On The Technology License To Be Offered By Microsoft

New York State Attorney General Spitzer, representing the nine States that have agreed to settle the Microsoft antitrust case, today discussed the draft license proposal by Microsoft that will make available to third parties certain technology used by the company's server operating system products to communicate PC's running the Windows operating system. The license agreement is required as part of the proposed final decree that is currently under review by the federal district court in Washington, D.C. The same license proposal was submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for review.

Spitzer noted:

"The Settling States are in the process of beginning their review of the draft licensing material furnished by Microsoft. Like the Department of Justice, the Settling States have not and do not intend to pre-clear the draft licenses proposed by Microsoft as compliant with the provisions of proposed final judgment. We look forward to working with the Department of Justice in this review process, and continuing the dialog with Microsoft regarding this matter. We are also eager to speak with industry executives about their views on Microsoft's proposed licenses once Microsoft makes the material available to all interested parties."

The nine Settling States are the States of New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. Those wishing to provide comments may contact the Office of the Attorney General of any of these States, or any of the following individuals:

Jay L. Himes
Richard Schwartz
Office of the Attorney General of New York
Antitrust Bureau
120 Broadway
New York, New York 10271

Kevin J. O'Connor
Office of the Attorney General of Wisconsin
12 West Main Street
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, Wisconsin 53702