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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-04-12 Email Print this article Print

Mondays settlement of InterTrusts patent infringement suit is the latest in a string of such moves by Microsoft, which just 10 days ago agreed to a $1.95 billion settlement with Sun Microsystems Inc., of Santa Clara. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told eWEEK in an interview at the companys Redmond, Wash., campus last week that the company is growing up. After years of serving the enterprise, Microsoft is now hoping to play a new role—as a trusted and responsible partner to the IT industry.
That repositioning effort has two fundamental components to it. The first is the need to resolve and/or settle as many outstanding legal issues as possible to free the company to carry out its vision, while the second centers on the security of the companys products, an area that has been under enormous scrutiny inside and outside Microsoft.
Microsoft enraged the open-source community earlier this year when it took a Unix source code and patent license from The SCO Group, a move many in the community saw as Microsofts behind-the-scenes funding of the Lindon, Utah, company. The InterTrust settlement agreement ensures that Microsofts customers can use its products and services without requiring a license from InterTrust. In addition, software developers who build products that use Microsoft platform technology will not require an InterTrust license for normal and expected uses of the Microsoft technologies, a Microsoft spokesman told eWEEK. However, developers, including systems integrators, may need a license from InterTrust for other uses of Microsoft technology, including cases in which Microsoft technology is combined with third-party technology, he said.
Information about licensing terms, questions about whether a license is needed and documentation needed to license InterTrust technology can be found here. Third-party software developers can obtain information here. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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