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Lawsuit Against Microsoft

Answer the following questions related to the Department of Justice lawsuit against Microsoft.

1. What is the current state of ruling?
2. What is the next step?
3. What effect has any part of this suit had on Microsoft products?
4. What do you believe the future effect will be on Microsoft?
5. Were the courts consistent with precedent or setting a new precedent?
6. Is Microsoft the contemporary equivalent of Standard Oil or some other monopoly?
7. How would you apply the Rule of Reason to Microsoft if you were prosecuting Microsoft?
8. How would you apply the Rule of Reason to Microsoft if you were defending Microsoft?

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1. What is the current state of ruling?
The current state of the ruling is that Microsoft is required to share its application programming interfaces with third-party companies and provide full access to Microsoft's systems to a panel of three people. These people will also have access to the records, and source code to ensure compliance.
2. What is the next step?
This period for which the disclosures are to be made is slated to expire on November 12, 2007; however, Microsoft has been prevailed upon to extent the period of compliance for another two years. The plaintiffs require that this period of compliance be extended to 2012. The plaintiffs require the court to make these extensions.
3. What effect has any part of this suit had on Microsoft products?
The Department of Justice has not required Microsoft to change any code nor prevent Microsoft from tying other software with Windows in future.
4. What do you believe the future effect will be on Microsoft?
I do not believe that there will be any serious effect on the policies of Microsoft. There is still no restriction by the court on bundling and it can bundle products together in future.
5. Were the courts consistent with precedent or setting a new precedent?
To a great extent the courts were consistent with the precedent because Microsoft actually did not make ...

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