It might be hard to remember just how big Microsoft’s U.S. antitrust case was in its day, in part because that day was more than a decade ago. But take our word for it, it was huge. In fact, “landmark” was the preferred word to put into perspective a legal battle that at one point threatened to break the software giant in half.

So it’s fascinating to see how little attention the upcoming expiration of the settlement is getting.

InformationWeek reports today that the government didn’t raise any issues during a hearing today to stop the antitrust settlement from expiring next month. That’s due in part to the fact that the company has promised to continue providing the Windows technical documentation that was part of the settlement, and to keep complying with other aspects of the antitrust deal, as well.

Government lawyers wrote in a status report last week (PDF, 13 pages) that “Microsoft has met the goals of the wind-down plan.”

Microsoft also has ongoing antitrust compliance obligations in Europe. But to the extent that active antitrust scrutiny has become a status symbol in the tech industry, the Redmond company will be giving up that particular badge of honor in a couple weeks.

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmorrill Kevin Morrill

    The EU has more than carried on the torch, and is burning down the industry with it. Microsoft wastes thousands of man years each release cycle writing interoperability documentation that serves no one but regulators.

  • Mark

    Thank Ballmer. He’s effectively neutered MS worse than any regulator. That’s the real reason the decision to end US oversight was so easy.

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