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Judge presses for more from Microsoft
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 13:22

June 24, 2008 9:40 AM PDT
Judge presses for more from Microsoft
Posted by Ina Fried

The judge presiding over Microsoft's antitrust case said Tuesday that the company must release details on how different parts of Windows work together, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report.

 The comments, by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, came as part of a regular status conference to discuss Microsoft's compliance with its antitrust consent decree. A difference of opinion had arisen over whether the technical details were required in addition to the licensing of actual communications protocols. Microsoft said it would continue to offer the so-called "overview documents" but had maintained that it was not required to do so under the consent decree, while the plaintiffs in the case had argued the documents were required.

 According to Dow Jones, Kollar-Kotelly said the technical documents are "integral to interoperability" when it comes to creating Windows programs. According to the wire report, Microsoft officials told Kollar-Kotelly that they can have a draft version of the requested documentation by March and a final version by the end of next June.

It's an interesting issue, particularly as Microsoft works to more closely tie its desktop programs to online services. In addition to efforts on the application side, Microsoft has also dabbled in linking various parts of the operating system to online services.  [C/Net news...]   [Comments...]

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