WCIT2000 - Fiorina addresses HP-Microsoft future

Hewlett-Packard president and chief executive officer Carly Fiorina here on Monday said that the legal remedies ordered against Microsoft last week are not expected to change HP's relationship with the software giant.

"We have worked together with Microsoft on delivering products that benefit consumers, and we hope to continue to work with Microsoft in whatever form," Fiorina said in response to a question at a press conference following her address to the World Congress on Information Technology here.

US District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson last week ruled that Microsoft should be split into two companies as a remedy to its monopolistic practices in the software industry.

Asked whether behavioral remedies also ordered by Jackson will benefit HP by giving it greater flexibility in configuring its products, Fiorina declined to comment.

"It is not even clear the short-term restrictions will ever be in place," Fiorina said, referring to the fact that Microsoft has already requested a stay of the restrictions, which are scheduled to take effect 90 days after last week's judgment.

The criterion for any final resolution of the Microsoft case should be the good of consumers, Fiorina said.

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