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PostHeaderIcon Today is Not the End

The 2002 Microsoft anti-trust suit ended in a consent decree; basically Microsoft agreed to let a judge scrutinize their operations rather than having the case go forward (does anti-trust go to trial? My government and history classes were a looong time ago).

The software giant did get the usual oversight period reduced from ten years to a mere five, citing a fast-changing industry as justifiable cause.

Today, 11/12/07, was supposed to be the last day of that five years of oversight.

The judge in charge has extended it, currently to expire not later than January 31, 2008. This is due to concerns brought up by several states involved in the original suit that Microsoft has not adequately proven that their newest offerings, including Vista, are NOT in violation of the anti-trust laws.

The states want the restrictions and oversight extended another five years–giving Microsoft the same ten years of oversight that other companies involved in anti-trust settlements are subject to. The states filed motions seeking to extend the restrictions in October.

The Judge in charge, Federal District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, gave Microsoft until 11/6 to respond to the motions. The Justice Department was given until 11/9 to file a brief in support of Microsoft (or not, as the case may be). The states involved in the October filing have until this Friday, 11/16, to respond to Microsoft’s response.

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