WASHINGTON, Sept 25 Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)
came under sharp criticism from a U.S. judge on Thursday for
being slow to produce technical documents it is required to
give software makers as part of a 2002 antitrust settlement.
At a hearing to discuss Microsoft's progress in complying
with the settlement, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
scolded Microsoft for writing in a report that what it had
already produced "fully complies with the final judgments."
She disagreed, and insisted that the company work more
quickly to produce the systems documents that software makers
need to write applications for the Windows operating system.
"The systems documents, as far as I'm concerned, are
required," Kollar-Kotelly told the Microsoft team, adding that
she wanted to see court oversight of Microsoft ended on
schedule on Nov. 12, 2009. "That's not going to happen unless
these things get done."
The issue was part of discussions at a hearing held to
review Microsoft's compliance with the pact that settled
findings the company had abused its dominance in personal
computer operating systems.
Microsoft was required to issue licenses for companies who
want to write programs for the Windows computer operating
system, and provide technical information about Windows to help
make the programs work.
The next hearing is set for Jan. 28.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz, editing by Maureen Bavdek)