MOUNTAIN VIEW, California--Netscape Communications issued the following statement on the court order against Microsoft:
Judge Jackson has granted a preliminary injunction against Microsoft, saying Microsoft "shall cease and desist" from the practice of requiring customers and OEMs to accept Internet Explorer as a condition of accepting the Windows operating system. The company believes this order is an important step in providing a level playing field that allows customer choice. Netscape expects this order to stimulate a new round of competition in the industry, enabling software companies to compete for OEM business as existing OEM contracts expire in coming months.
"Netscape is gratified that the government has taken this action and that the court agrees with the importance of keeping the marketplace competitive and open," said Roberta Katz, Netscape's senior vice president and general counsel. "This is a victory for consumers, because it helps to ensure customer choice."