Court OKs Microsoft settlement

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An antitrust settlement agreed upon last summer by Microsoft Corp. and the Justice Department was finally approved this morning by U.S. District Court in Washington. The decree requires Microsoft to make limited changes in the way it markets operating system software, but it is unlikely to affect Microsoft business practices significantly. The agreement was earlier rejected by another judge, but that rejection was overturned on appeal. Justice continues to look at other areas of Microsoft, including its online services business.

Separately, Microsoft Corp.'s syndicated TV special introducing its Windows 95 operating system, "Microsoft Presents: The Start of Something New," will premiere in local markets next Sunday and Monday. The 30-minute special is hosted actor Anthony Edwards (from NBC's "ER") and features Microsoft Chairman-CEO Bill Gates.

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