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Big win for Windows

Microsoft wins a major battle as an appeals court allows the bundling of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. But its war is far from over.

Special coverage: Big win for Windows June 23, 1998
6:15 p.m. PT
Special coverage: Big win for Windows

Microsoft wins a major battle, but its war with antitrust regulators is far from over.

Injunction rejected
update A court lifts restrictions on the bundling of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer.

A symbolic victory?
news analysis The ruling is a victory for Microsoft--but may end up largely symbolic.

PC plans unchanged
The decision may not derail plans by computer makers to include Netscape's browser.

Stock soars on ruling
update Microsoft's stock price nears $100 on news of the appellate court victory.

Full text of decision
The judges provide copious analysis in overturning the lower court's injunction.

A long legal history
timeline Antitrust questions have dogged the company throughout the '90s.

 previous coverage
 • Microsoft sued
Attorneys general from 20 states See special report: Microsoft sued and the District of Columbia join the Justice Department in filing parallel historic antitrust suits against Microsoft, drawing global reaction.
 • Microsoft back to core case
Microsoft and the Justice Department See special coverage: Beyond contempt settle their contempt-of-court dispute and get back to the larger issue of technology integration and the company's business practices.
 • Microsoft's $1 million question
The antitrust dispute stalls MS and the $1 million question on whether Microsoft is in contempt of court and should be fined $1 million per day for not following the judge's order to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows 95.
 • Microsoft case in court
Microsoft is dealt a legal See special report: MS-DOJ case in court setback in the first round of the Justice Department's suit and softens its public stance.
 • Microscope on Microsoft
The Justice Department Microscope on Microsoft charges Microsoft with violating a 1995 consent decree on the licensing of Internet Explorer and Windows 95.
  Microsoft stock chart


Microsoft's Jim Cullinan


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