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Washington Post: U.S. Settlement Leaves Microsoft More Entrenched

Nov 09, 2001, 19:47 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pegoraro)

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"The proposed agreement's more promising terms apply not to computer manufacturers but to independent software developers. The deal would require Microsoft to document all its applications programming interfaces, or APIs -- the ways programs work with Windows itself -- as well as some of its networking protocols.

That's a fine start. But the agreement fails to tackle Microsoft's other big leverage point -- its proprietary file formats.

"The reason I can't walk into an organization and say 'I'm going to use my Linux box' is that people will send me Word documents that I can't read," said Jeremy Allison, co-author of the Samba cross-platform networking program."

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