Settlement Already Part of Microsoft Plan

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-02-28 Print this article Print

Microsoft is already working on incorporating changes required under its proposed settlement with the Department of Justice in the first Service Pack for Windows XP, which is expected to be released in the second half of this year

Microsoft Corp. is already working on incorporating changes required under its proposed settlement with the Department of Justice in the first Service Pack for Windows XP, which is expected to be released in the second half of this year. "We are already moving forward and complying with the terms of the proposed settlement agreement in terms of the Windows development process," Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler said late Thursday.
"This Service Pack will reflect that. While we will fully implement the terms of the consent decree in the coming months, one component of that are the changes to Windows. Once we are further down the development path, we will be able to talk about specifics," he said, declining to comment further.
In terms of the Revised Proposed Final Judgement submitted last November, Microsoft agreed that it would, within 12-months or when Windows XP SP1 was released, let end-users and OEMs substitute access to Microsoft middleware with access to a rivals middleware. The Justice Department this week recommended additional changes to the deal, which is set to go before a judge next Wednesday. The revisions filed yesterday clarify that the choice between Microsoft middleware and rival middleware must to be provided to the end user in an unbiased way. "Nevertheless, in order to avoid any doubt, additional language has been added at various points to make explicit that the mechanisms must be unbiased," Microsoft told the court. Microsoft is also required to disclose certain APIs (application program interfaces) for Windows XP within the year. Windows XP spokesman Laura Wooster said Thursday that SP1 would also contain all of the patches and security updates issued for the product as well as some of the enabling technologies designed to enhance and extend the Windows XP operating system. These include "Freestyle," the code-name for technology that includes a new user interface to enable consumers to access their music, videos and photos from anywhere in the room and allows Windows XP to deliver new TV experiences on the PC. Also included will be technology for the upcoming Tablet PC as well as for "Mira", a set of Windows CE .NET-based technologies designed to be included in smart display devices like detachable, wireless mobile flat-screen monitors and digital televisions.
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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