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U.S. Antitrust Court Slams Microsoft With Two More Years of Oversight
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 31 January 2008 12:18
The Feds tell Microsoft they will be watching them
Jason Mick (Blog) - January 31, 2008 10:11 AM

Despite the circus-like atmosphere punctuated with laugh-inducing testimony, United States v. Microsoft, which went to trial in 1998, remains one of the landmark federal court decisions of the 90's. It paved the way for other government bodies worldwide, such as the European Union, to successfully pursue antitrust cases against Microsoft and other electronics giants like Intel.

Microsoft and the government reached a settlement in which Microsoft agreed to grant third-party developers access to its application-programming-interface and additionally give a court appointed panel of three people full access to it's systems, records, and source code for five years in order to ensure compliance.

The oversight was supposed to expire November 12, 2007, but the court was not entirely satisfied with Microsoft's progress, so it decided to meet again to evaluate a possible extension to oversight if Microsoft was found not to be fully complying.

The decision reached by the federal court, presided by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, was that Microsoft, while making significant steps to comply, seriously fell short of compliance in releasing information on its protocols to its competitors.  [More...]  [Comments...]
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