The Committee to Fight Microsoft, an independent consumer advocacy organization, held a press conference in New York City today calling for a worldwide boycott of Microsoft's Windows 95 and demanding that the Justice Department ban sales of the product.
According to committee spokesperson Anthony R. Martin, this morning's Wall Street Journal report that the Justice Department has issued subpoenas as part of an investigation into antitrust charges concerning Windows 95 is a clear sign that the government has at last realized the seriousness of the charges leveled against Microsoft by its competitors and by consumers.
"There's no secret that there's been this erasure problem," said Martin. "The fact that the Justice Department has known about it since August and is only doing something about it now in December indicates they were hoping it would go away. It's not going away."
This isn't the first run-in the committee has had with the computer industry titan. In August, Martin wrote a guest column for the San Francisco Examiner urging readers not to buy Windows 95. Martin cited the expense some users would incur upgrading their machines to handle the new operating system, decried its registration wizard as an invasion of privacy, and stated that Microsoft's formation of a Windows 95 bug squad early on indicated that the product was being shipped prematurely.