US DOJ extends cut-off date for Microsoft oversight

 

Microsoft may be able to develop its next operating system release without the US Department of Justice (DOJ) looking over its shoulder, despite the filing of a requested extension on the terms of its settlement.

The DOJ said in a recent report that it plans to extend the oversight terms of the settlement the company agreed to in 2003 as part of the landmark anti-trust case against Microsoft in the US.

The DOJ said in the filing that Microsoft has already agreed to the extension.

Originally set to run out in November of this year, the department has filed a request to extend the oversight provisions until May of 2011.

In doing so, the oversight would extend through the release of Windows 7 and allow the DOJ's technical committee to resolve any possible issues with the operating system.

"Plaintiffs expect that when they make the determination of substantial completeness there will still be thousands of technical documentation issues that need to be identified and ultimately resolved," read the filing.

"The technical committee and its staff will also still have months of work to perform before they can be satisfied to a reasonable degree of certainty that the documents are of a sufficient quality (i.e., sufficiently complete, accurate, and usable) that plaintiffs can have confidence that allowing the final judgments to expire is appropriate."

Though the extension would push the oversight well beyond the release of Windows 7, the 2011 expiration date would be well before the company plans to release the next version of Windows.

As such, that version of Windows would be the first Microsoft released without US government oversight in a decade.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


US DOJ extends cut-off date for Microsoft oversight
 
 
 
Top Stories
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
What InfoSec can learn from the insurance industry
[Blog post] Another way data breach laws could help manage risk.
 
A ten-point plan for disrupting security
[Blog post] How can you defend the perimeter when it’s in the cloud?
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Pass on carbon tax savings, warns ACCC
Jul 24, 2014
The ACCC is warning businesses that supply "regulated goods" to pass on any cost savings ...
Have customers that won't pay debts?
Jul 10, 2014
The ACCC and ASIC have updated their advice when it comes to collecting debts.
Carpet cleaner faces court over online testimonials
Jul 4, 2014
The ACCC has initiated proceedings against A Whistle (1979) Pty Ltd, the franchisor of Electrodry...
You can now get 15GB of free online storage using Microsoft OneDrive
Jun 25, 2014
Cloud storage has reached both the capacity and price where it's a viable alternative to local ...
Another clever trick you can perform with Xero
Jun 25, 2014
Here is another way to reach out to particular subsets of your customers using Xero.
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  21%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1039

Vote