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Judge will tell Microsoft to hand over code

Antitrust ruling could force MS to open Windows

The judge hearing antitrust complaints against Microsoft reportedly intends to order the software giant to open the source code for its Windows OS (operating system) to the plaintiffs.

According to Sunday's Boston Globe newspaper, District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly told lawyers for both sides that she will order Microsoft to provide the nine US states suing the software company with access to the source code for Windows, including 2000 and XP.

One of the issues in the case has been Microsoft's contention that it is not feasible to sell Windows without other functionality, such as web browsing, bundled in, because stripping out those features would cripple the OS.

The states have asked for access to the proprietary code so that a technical adviser could review it to ascertain the truth of Microsoft's claim.


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