Antitrust Task Force to Examine Longhorn Next
Microsoft and Department of Justice overseers will meet in mid-February to monitor potential antitrust issues around Microsoft's next major Windows release.Although a first Longhorn beta release is still a number of months off, its not too soon to begin considering whether the next version of Windows might violate antitrust concerns. Plaintiffs who settled their antitrust case with Microsoft in 2001 will start evaluating Longhorns compliance in mid-February. The U.S. Department of Justice and a handful of state governments settled their antitrust case against Microsoft in 2001. As part of the settlement, the plaintiffs and an appointed technical committee have been charged with monitoring Microsofts compliance with the settlement. On Tuesday, the plaintiffs filed their fourth of the six-month joint status reports requested by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In it, the plaintiffs noted that they will hold the first of their briefings with Microsoft in mid-February on how Longhorn will comply with terms outlined in the final antitrust judgment.
"Plaintiffs have prepared a list of topics that relate to the final judgments that plaintiffs wish to track as Microsoft progresses in its development of Longhorn, enabling early detection and resolution of any potential areas of concern," according to the status report.