1/25/2006

Microsoft to Open Windows to Please EU

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 9:48 am

Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it will license its Windows source code to comply with a European Union antitrust ruling.

The source code provides the building blocks of the operating system that competitors need to make products compatible with Windows.

The company’s chief counsel Brad Smith said called the move “a bold stroke.”

Microsoft has refused to license the source code in the past. Software developers still will have to pay for the code, which open source advocates will not be allowed to “publish for free,” Smith cautioned. The company had “just started to provide this information on both sides on the Atlantic” and regulators “want to see all the details,” Smith added.

Source: AP

 

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