Microsoft heeft beslist om de komende weken enkele honderden stukjes broncode te onthullen van haar besturingssyteem.
In totaal zullen 385 gedeeltes van haar computercode en interne besturingsregels openbaar gemaakt worden. De beschikbaar gestelde code zal vooral betrekking hebben op het gedeelte van het besturingssyteem waarmee andere ontwikkelaars hun programma's beter kunnen integreren in Windows
De reden waarom ze dit doen is natuurlijk niet om de software fabrikanten te verblijden maar door de schikking van vorig jaar oktober.
Microsoft said it plans to disclose 385 bits of computer code and internal operating rules, previously kept secret, that outside software developers can use to write programs to run on Windows.
"With these new (disclosures), software developers will have additional development choices in designing their Windows programs," the company said in a statement.
In its original case against Microsoft, the Justice Department and 18 states had accused the company of deliberately withholding computer code in Windows to hamper competitors.
Microsoft reached a deal with the Justice Department in November. Nine of the 18 states in the lawsuit agreed to sign on to the deal, but nine others are asking U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for tougher restrictions.
Microsoft said in addition to 272 pieces of code it also would reveal 113 proprietary software "protocols" that computer server makers can license to make their machines work better with Windows desktops.
Microsoft has told the judge it would be catastrophic if other companies got too much access to the inner workings of the operating system.
It said that would allow them to "clone" Windows, prompting Microsoft to stop investing in research and development on the operating system.