Microsoft OKs Antitrust Deal
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Microsoft Corp. has agreed to a broad range of restrictions, including allowing a panel of independent monitors to oversee its conduct and review its books, to settle antitrust violations and bring to an end an epic courtroom fight, the Justice Department said Friday.
Under the deal to be presented to a judge, Microsoft would provide rival software developers with information to allow them to develop competing products, and ensure those products work with the software giant’s flagship Windows operatong system, the government said.
The settlement imposes a ``broad range of restrictions that will stop Microsoft’s unlawful conduct,″ the Justice Department said in announcing the deal being presented to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
The restrictions would be imposed for five years, and could extended for another two years if Microsoft failed to follow the terms, the government said.