MS Reschedules Major Event Due to Antitrust Case

SAN FRANCISCO (05/26/2000) - Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has rescheduled its planned Forum 2000 event planned for next week due to the likelihood that the judge will enter his final decree in the antitrust case brought against the software giant by the U.S. government.

Forum 2000, which is designed to flesh out the details of Microsoft's Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS), was due to take place Thursday at the software giant's Redmond, Washington headquarters.

However, today Microsoft issued a statement citing "strong indications" that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson will enter his final decree in the antitrust case, and the company feels that "would distract attention and focus" from the Forum 2000 event. Microsoft has therefore "reluctantly" decided to reschedule the event for Thursday, June 22 instead, according to the statement.

Although Microsoft hasn't been forthcoming about what NGWS might entail, the main sweep of the services, according to analysts, is to meld the vendor's Windows operating system with the Internet. Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, along with other company executives, are expected to attend NGWS.

The stage is set today for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to file its final proposal for remedies in the Microsoft antitrust case. Judge Jackson rejected Microsoft's plea for more time to prepare a defense against the U.S. government's proposal to split the software vendor into two companies and gave the company 48 hours from today to respond. Since the court will be closed Monday due to the U.S. Memorial Day holiday on Monday, it is believed that Microsoft has until Wednesday to respond to the government's remedy proposal.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080 or via the Internet at http://www.microsoft.com/. The DOJ, in Washington, D.C., can be reached via the Internet at http://www.usdoj.gov/.

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