Grant Gross at Infoworld:
A U.S. district court judge monitoring Microsoft Corp.’s antitrust settlement with the U.S. government scolded company lawyers Wednesday because the company recently announced a lengthy delay in a project to improve technical documentation for its communications protocols.
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, questioned why Microsoft has pushed back the completion date of one of two technical documentation projects announced in February from early 2006 to October 2006 or later. The two projects were intended to help Microsoft comply with the judge’s order to share its proprietary communications protocols, part of the settlement Kollar-Kotelly approved in late 2002.
“If it’s an issue of resources, then put them in,” Kollar-Kotelly told Microsoft lawyers during an antitrust compliance hearing. “Do what it takes to get it done.”
Kollar-Kotelly spend most of the time hearing about delays in the technical documentation project. The judge ordered Microsoft to license its communication protocols to other IT vendors as part of the November 2002 antitrust settlement between the company and the U.S. government. The quality of the technical documentation for those protocols is one of the major remaining issues in the settlement, with one lawyer for the plaintiffs complaining Wednesday that the company hasn’t lived up to the agreement.
There will be another hearing on November 30 to monitor progress. She also had a few words about the exclusive music contracts revealed last week.