August 8, 1995
By Charles Cooper
The Department of Justice said this afternoon that it does not expect to complete its investigation into Microsoft by the August 24 launch date of Windows 95.
In a brief statement, the department said "its investigation into the Microsoft Network and other issues associated with possible anti-competitive practices relating to Windows 95 is ongoing. The department does not expect to complete its investigation or reach a decision on possible enforcement action prior to August 24, 1995.
However, this does not signal a retreat on its investigation of the software giant, according to sources inside the DOJ.
"Our timetable does not necessarily have to coincide with a product timetable," said one source, who asked to remain unidentified. "There's no magic date for us to finish this by. We still plan to conduct a vigorous investigation."
While a cloud still hangs over the company, a spokeswoman said Microsoft was "pleased that the industry uncertainty is being lifted and the company is going full-steam ahead to launch Windows 95 on August 24." The spokeswoman declined further comment.
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