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Windows 7 Undergoes Federal Inspection

Now that Windows 7 is edging closer to release, the feds are looking at key documents and specifications to make sure the operating system is open to third parties and competitors.

This all stems from the 2002 final antitrust judgment that dictated Microsoft open the specs and APIs to the market just as much as they're open to Redmond insiders. Since then, there have been complaints back and forth that Windows isn't open enough, but by and large the industry has been satisfied. Changes were made, but speaking as someone who covered the Justice Department investigation, it was more of a wrist slap than a body blow.

Posted by Doug Barney on January 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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