That it may be, but there’s hope for the Empire yet. Texas attorney general Dan Morales announced late Tuesday that his state would not participate in the upcoming anti-Microsoft free-for-all -- at least not for another few weeks. Morales cited concerned letters from Texas-based computer manufacturers Compaq and Dell -- a sign that Redmond’s write-in campaign may just have opened up a crack in the antitrust facade. Whether that crack will be large enough to ship Windows 98 through is another question.
Call it a Pyrrhic victory for Bill Gates. With just one day left before the likely onslaught of a massive, coordinated state and federal antitrust lawsuit, Microsoft is celebrating Tuesday’s U.S. appeals court ruling: that Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson’s restrictions on bundling Internet Explorer with Windows 95 does not apply to Windows 98. Redmond took a hearty crumb of comfort from the “very significant news,” which the Justice Department promptly brushed aside. “Our investigation is ongoing,” warned DOJ spokeswoman Gina Talamona. Indeed, a senior official in one state attorney general's office told the New York Times that they will file a complaint that will be surprising in its scope: "It's going to be more far-reaching than most people think."