Microsoft Wins Another Year
The judge's smile might mask seething anger at Microsoft's maneuver.There they go again. Its the kind of chutzpah that got them on the wrong side of Judge Jackson. Now Microsofts lawyers seem bent on trying the patience of Judge Kollar-Kotelly. Responding to a request to come up with areas of potential compromise, the Redmond legal team declined in a way that could be construed as showing disrespect for the judge as well as the legal system that has found their company guilty.
Microsoft attorney John Wardens statement that the only change Microsoft is willing to contemplate is an elimination of the conditions to which it agreed to settle with the DOJ is the kind of wise-guy remark that schoolteachers and judges seldom appreciate. While outwardly they might smile, as Kollar-Kotelly reportedly did, inwardly they might seethe. But you can forget about her taking the bait as Jackson did by making public statements critical of Microsoft. Kollar-Kotelly has been exceedingly scrupulous in procedural matters to avoid being overturned on appeal.