October 24, 2003

Government: Microsoft progress 'limited' in antitrust compliance

Microsoft Corp. has made only limited progress toward licensing some of its software technology to rival companies, one of the most
important provisions of the antitrust settlement negotiated with the Bush administration, government lawyers told the trial judge.

In court papers filed in preparation for an oversight hearing Friday, lawyers for the Justice Department cautioned they were not yet asking U.S.
District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to intervene.

But hinting that the controversial antitrust settlement may not be working out, the lawyers acknowledged, "further steps may need to be taken in order
to effectuate the goals of the remedy."

The judge told lawyers at a hearing in July that she was "very, very concerned" about how few companies have agreed to pay Microsoft to use its
proprietary technology in their own products.

Link: signonsandiego.com


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