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I'd bet most of you don't know Microsoft has been under Federal oversite for their illegal anti-trust activities from the 1990s. Microsoft has never complied with those settlement terms and this is the second time the courts have extended this oversite. They were supposed to be completed in 2002 but MS dragged their feet which eventually got sanctions levied against them and fines amounting to almost $2 billion dollars.

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The sanctions on Microsoft were originally set to expire in November 2007 and are aimed at preventing the company from retaliating against hardware vendors that ship computers with alternatives to Microsoft's software products. When it came time for the decree to be lifted, however, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly decided that Microsoft failed to provide protocol specification documents to competitors as required by the agreement. Because of this, she extended the oversight until November of 2009. (An additional set of sanctions mandating interoperability API licensing had already been extended for another two years.)
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