November 8, 2001, Incomplete, not for quotation
Last Updated: 11/8/2001
Disclaimer: I am not a consultant of the United States Department of Justice, Microsoft, or any of the Attorneys General of the 19 States and the District of Columbia that have sued Microsoft
1. No breakup
There are no structural changes, such as a breakup of Microsoft.
2. Microsoft can expand functions of Windows
Microsoft can add any functions it wants to the operating system
3. No restrictions on bundling
There are no general restrictions imposed on product bundling by Microsoft
4. No wide disclosure of source code
Mandated disclosures are limited to interfaces
1. Broad scope of definition of middleware products
The settlement defines "middleware" to include browser, e-mail clients, media players, instant messaging software, and future new middleware developments.
2. Requirement to partially disclose middleware interfaces
Microsoft will be required to provide software developers with the interfaces used by Microsoft's middleware to interoperate with the operating system.
3. Requirement to partially disclose server protocols
The settlement imposes interoperability between Windows and non-Microsoft servers of the same level as between Windows and Microsoft servers.
4. Freedom to install middleware software
Computer manufacturers and consumers will be free to substitute competing middleware software on Microsoft's operating system.
5. Ban on retaliation
Microsoft will be prohibited from retaliating against computer manufacturers or software developers for supporting or developing certain competing software.
6. Uniform pricing of Windows for same volume sale
Microsoft will be required to license its operating system to key computer manufacturers on uniform terms for five years. Microsoft will be allowed to provide quantity discounts.
7. Ban on exclusive agreements; contract restrictions
Microsoft will be prohibited from entering into agreements requiring the exclu