States Ask for More Court Oversight for Microsoft

An antitrust settlement reached in 2002 requiring federal oversight of software-giant Microsoft Corp. is set to expire on November 12th of this year, and this has some US states worried. A group of states led by California has asked a federal judge today to extend court oversight of Microsoft Corp.'s business practices for five more years; Stephen Houck, an attorney representing California, said an extension was necessary to ensure that Microsoft's new Vista operating system continues to comply with the antitrust settlement. "It would be short-sighted to end the final judgements just now," Houck told Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Among the concerned states are Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

The US Justice Department, meanwhile, said in court filings that it believes the antitrust settlement has been effective in encouraging the development of new software, such as competing Web browsers by Apple Inc. and Mozilla. Aaron Hoag, a department lawyer, told Kollar-Kotelly that Vista has already been tested by a technical committee and shouldn't pose future antitrust problems.

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This isn't really a dicussion about Vista, it's about several US states whining that their safety time is almost up and they want more. It's ridiculous really.

Even if I believe your numbers and I don't. Mircosoft has said they will have come out with another version by then. I don't think it has overtaken all OSX versions yet. There is large number of computers in the world that simple won't be upgraded in the next 5 years.

3-5 years?

Nah. I expect it'll be somewhere in 2009, based on the graphs of OS market share I've seen. It's not like no one is adopting it, and once it hits SP1, everyone that's been avoiding it (Business) will start adopting....

I mean, it's already overtaken OSX and Linux, right?

MioTheGreat said,
3-5 years?

Nah. I expect it'll be somewhere in 2009

Once SP1 is out and affordable DX10 hardware is available more people will probably get it. But Linux is due for a few major improvements before that time as well. I suppose OS X is too.

MioTheGreat said,
3-5 years?

Nah. I expect it'll be somewhere in 2009, based on the graphs of OS market share I've seen. It's not like no one is adopting it, and once it hits SP1, everyone that's been avoiding it (Business) will start adopting....

I mean, it's already overtaken OSX and Linux, right?

Sure, cause business has only just started changing over to XP/2003 from Windows 2000, Vista won't be in business for another 5-7 years atleast, if-ever.