Palm CEO Comments on Microsoft Ruling
For the benefit of those of you who have been living in caves, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft yesterday. Carl Yankowski, the CEO of Palm Inc., said in a prepared statement that "Palm believes it is critically important to maintain a fair, competitive handheld market in which consumers determine standards based on their free choice of superior products in areas such as innovation, convenience, ease of use, design and price."
While this isn't exactly a rousing endorsement of the Judge's decision, it at least seems tepidly supportive.
In addition, the Judge ordered Microsoft to change its practices including fully disclosing to third parties its APIs. He specifically mentioned that the code Microsoft uses to allow handhelds to work with Windows must be disclosed.
Microsoft shall disclose to ISVs, IHVs, and OEMs in a Timely Manner, in whatever media Microsoft disseminates such information to its own personnel, all APIs, Technical Information and Communications Interfaces that Microsoft employs to enable any Microsoft software installed on one computer (including but not limited to server Operating Systems and operating systems for handheld devices) to interoperate with a Windows Operating System (or Middleware distributed with such Operating System) installed on a Personal Computer.In theory, developers already had access to most of this information but generally not until after each version of the Windows OS was released. This allows Microsoft to release products that work with the latest version of Windows long before their competitors. This decision orders Microsoft to keep developers from the 20 OEMs with the highest volume of licenses of the Windows OS Products informed at the same time that Microsoft's internal developers are.
The decision defines an API as "interfaces, service provider interfaces, and protocols that enable a hardware device or an application, Middleware, or server Operating System to obtain services from (or provide services in response to requests from) Platform Software in a Personal Computer and to use, benefit from, and rely on the resources, facilities, and capabilities of such Platform Software. "
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