Michael Morris, Sun Microsystems' lawyer said that the non-settling states that protested the settlement on November 1, have grounds to appeal the decision. “We hope that they do. We will continue to pursue our civil case and turn cooperate with the European Commission's case against Microsoft to ensure that the company does not continue to use its monopoly position to become the gatekeeper of the Internet,” he said.
He added that the weak steps Microsoft has taken to comply with the requirements, show that the settlement won't be effective in stopping the company' anti-competitive and monopolistic practices.
In the meantime, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, said the settlement “gives us the freedom to keep innovating for our customers.”
He said the Microsoft had already made its Windows licenses more uniform to OEMs, published several application programming interfaces, hired a compliance officer and trained employees on the settlement. “These are requirements we will adhere to,” he said.