Microsoft in more anti-trust troubles

By Derek Sooman on October 27, 2005, 2:59 PM
More trouble is brewing for Microsoft on the anti-trust side of things, with a US District Court Judge attacking the firm for delaying a project to improve technical documentation for its communications protocols.

The Troika project was a part of the Volish out-of-court settlement approved by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly and was supposed to help Microsoft comply with the her order to share proprietary communications protocols with rivals.

That was in 2002 and so far Microsoft has been unable to finish the project and has asked for an extension.

The judge was not impressed at these delays - or rather, somewhat infuriated, and has asked "what does it take to get it done?"

She also wanted to know why Microsoft had proposed to portable music player manufacturers that if they shipped Windows Media Player in their software packages, they could include only it and no competing media software.
This was seen as violation of the anti-trust settlements that Microsoft has undertaken. Expect to hear more on this.

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