Microsoft may be given more time to comply with the US Department of Justice’s 2002 anti-trust ruling.
The DoJ and Microsoft have jointly applied to the district court that approved the 2002 settlement in the case to extend the time for compliance by two years.
Microsoft was expected to produce acceptable technical documentation for its communications protocols to its rivals, to help them more easily develop products that work in the Windows environment.
However, like with the 2004 European Commission anti-trust judgement, Microsoft has failed to produce technical documentation on time.
The company was recently fined by the European Commission for not meeting the compliance deadline.
But the DoJ is not following the same path, despite large numbers of errors in Microsoft’s technical documentation four years after the initial settlement.
The existing DoJ judgement expires in November 2007.