New OS must toe the line, says analyst, which puts Microsoft on the hot seat
Technical advisers to the antitrust regulators who monitor Microsoft Corp.'s business practices in the U.S. will probe Windows 7, the follow-up to Vista, to ensure it abides by the rules set for the company.
Though few details are known about Windows 7, and those that are available rely on shaky evidence, the three-person panel of computer experts that works for state antitrust officials has a copy of the operating system, according to the status report filed late last month with U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
"In addition, the TC [technical committee] has begun to review Windows 7 itself. Microsoft recently supplied the TC with a build of Windows 7 and is discussing TC testing going forward," the report said. "The TC will conduct middleware-related tests on future builds of Windows 7."