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Microsoft has to release Windows source code

Microsoft has to release Windows source code

If you believe the reports from the news agency Reuters, then the judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly already informed the lawyers of the Microsoft group on Friday evening that the company had to make the source code of their operating systems available to the nine plaintiff states.

They hope that an insight will provide answers to process-relevant questions and, to a certain extent, equality. Because the defense has had access to the code for a long time. It would have to be clarified, among other things, whether Internet Explorer is actually an essential part of the operating system, as Microsoft repeatedly asserts. The disclosure of outstanding programs in particular should provide clarity here. The plaintiffs are of the opinion that, for example, Windows XP Embedded, a version that allows developers to choose only the modules that are required as in a construction kit, is the prime example of the fact that Windows can very well be without components such as IE or the media player is executable.

If the court decision turns out to be correct, this would mean a serious setback for the Microsoft group. He had already tried in the past to create space for competing software by loosening the OEM license agreement and thus avoiding access to the source code