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By Caron Carlson  |  Posted 2002-08-05 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: Microsoft Touts Antitrust Compliance"> Under a security exception outlined in the proposed DOJ settlement, Microsoft may withhold APIs and communications protocols, and so far the company has chosen to withhold one API related to the Windows File Protection system and one protocol related to a particular method of signing data sent over a network. The company emphasized the limited nature of the disclosure withholdings. "The number of things were withholding is two," Smith said. By the end of the summer, developers and users will be able to hide or remove access to the five Microsoft middleware products outlined in the settlement. When Windows XP Service Pack 1 is shipped – sometime between late August and late September – it will include a new add/remove program, called "Set Program Access and Defaults," which can be launched from the Start menu and from the Add or Remove Programs utility in Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional
Also this month, Microsoft launched new uniform licensing terms for the top 20 OEMs that license Windows. Based on feedback from OEMs since February, Microsoft increased its patent indemnification, added a warranty regarding virus testing, increased OEMs flexibility in ordering, billing and auditing, and provided additional testing and recovery options.
In talking with reporters, Smith said that Microsoft has "erred on the side of reasonableness" in implementing the proposed settlement and reinforced compliance as a corporate commitment and personal responsibility throughout the company. "Everyone who works at Microsoft has been receptive [to the settlement obligations]," Smith said. "We need to take these kinds of steps if were going to win back the confidence of people in the government and in the industry." Related Stories:
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