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The court ordered Microsoft to:
- Allow computer manufacturers and users to disable access to middleware programs, such as Web browsers and media players.
- Create uniform licensing and pricing terms for the 20 largest computer manufacturers.
- Release code that will allow other companies make products, including servers that work with Microsoft's PC operating systems.
- Establish a compliance committee of at least three outside members of its board that will appoint an internal compliance officer.
- Be subject to settlement terms for five years, which a judge may extend by a further two years.
- Not retaliate or threaten PC manufacturers, software companies or other partners for supporting non-Microsoft software.
The court rejected demands for Microsoft to:
- Offer a separate version of Windows that excludes any additional middleware programs the company adds.
- Distribute Sun's Java technology with Windows.
- Auction the right to sell versions of its Office software for use on non-Windows operating systems.
- Disclose and license source code used to develop its Internet Explorer browser.
The Executive Summary of the Court ruling is available at www.dcd.uscourts.gov/98-1233summary.pdf