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Microsoft to open up Windows source code to rivals

Seeking appeasement in Europe
Wed Jan 25 2006, 14:12
MICROSOFT caved in to European regulators and agreed to open up the Windows source code to rivals today.

The decision goes back to 2004 when the EU ordered the Vole to share the code.

Associated Press reported Microsoft lead legal counsel Brad Smith as saying that companies on both sides of the Atlantic were being given the details of its offer. However, he said rivals would be expected to pay for the source code and regulators will want to see the details of the Microsoft move.

The wire reported an EU commission representative as saying that it, and not Microsoft would be the judge of whether Microsoft was complying with its rulings. µ


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