DOJ asks Judge to hold Microsoft in contempt

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to hold Microsoft in contempt of court for not complying with his December 11 ruling. Jackson last week ordered the software maker to 'cease and desist' the practice of requiring PC manufacturers to preinstall the company's Internet Explorer Web browser if they also wanted to license its Windows 95 operating system. Microsoft on Monday appealed the order, but at the same time said it has taken steps to comply with the ruling. The DOJ today said that the steps taken by Microsoft do not go far enough.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked US District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to hold Microsoft in contempt of court for not complying with his December 11 ruling.

Jackson last week ordered the software maker to "cease and desist" the practice of requiring PC manufacturers to preinstall the company's Internet Explorer Web browser if they also wanted to license its Windows 95 operating system.

Microsoft on Monday appealed the order, but at the same time said it has taken steps to comply with the ruling. The DOJ says that the steps taken by Microsoft do not go far enough.

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