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Friday, March 14, 2008

Windows 7 Eyed For Antitrust Violations

Slashdot It! The so-called Technical Committee recently received a build of Windows 7 from Microsoft and is checking it for any features that might violate the federal antitrust agreement. The court-mandated committee overseeing Microsoft's compliance with a federal antitrust settlement has commenced reviews on the company's next major operating system to ensure it meets the settlement's terms. The so-called Technical Committee recently received a build of Windows 7 from Microsoft and is checking it for any features that might violate the agreement. Presumably, most heavily under scrutiny is whether the OS causes host computers to favor Microsoft applications over third-party software -- a practice the federal government cited in its original complaint against the company. The Technical Committee's work was revealed in the most recent status report on Microsoft's compliance with the 2002 antitrust settlement, under which the company agreed to make its products interoperable with those made by rivals. The report was filed last week in federal court for the District of Columbia. Microsoft to date has said little about Windows 7, which had been in development under the code name Blackcomb. It's generally believed that the OS will ship in the 2010 timeframe. That's one year after the federal government's oversight of Microsoft is now slated to expire. As a result, the Technical Committee is trying to get its hands on as much Windows 7 code as it can as soon as possible. "The TC has begun to review Windows 7 itself. Microsoft recently supplied the TC with a build of Windows 7, and is discussing TC testing going forward," the report stated. Via IW Get Daily Updates via Email Protect your computer with Windows Onecare Get paid $7.50 for reviewing my post Ad Space

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