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October 11, 2005

Report: Microsoft and Real Near Settlement of Antitrust Suit

Business Week, among others, is reporting that Microsoft and RealNetworks are near settling their antitrust suit.  Real had sued Microsoft in late 2003 claiming that by forcing consumers to accept Windows Media Player, they were harming the market for RealNetwork products.  A news conference is scheduled for later on today.

Update:  RealNetworks and Microsoft settled for $460 million (earlier estimates were for $750 million) and cooperative cross-licensing in each other's software.  CNET News has the details here.  Bill Gates and Real CEO Rob Glaser were on hand for the news conference.

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