Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jan 2006 20:59 UTC
Legal A representative of the European Commission faced down a Microsoft exec on the BBC Radio 4 programme this morning, accusing it of holding a press shindig in Brussels but not popping round the corner to tell it what was going on. Microsoft may have briefed hacks and others on the elements of source code it is prepared to give its competitors, said an EC representative, but as far as the organisation was concerned it has still not complied with the terms of the agreement.
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A bunch of politicians
by PlatformAgnostic on Sat 28th Jan 2006 05:18 UTC
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My sense from this, without actually having read any of the court documents, is that the EC people in charge of this lawsuit are basically politicians who want to win popularity by sticking it to an American company. This might also be an instance of the European penchant for "Managed Competition".

The Microsoft penchant for backwards compatibility can help reverse engineers in this case because they don't really have to hit a moving target. If they pretend to be W2k or NT4, they will still work with more modern clients. If they want to make improvements to the protocol they could add client-side code (maybe not kernel code for x64 ;) ).

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