The court-mandated committee overseeing Microsoft’s compliance with a federal antitrust settlement has commenced reviews on the company’s next major operating system to ensure it meets the settlement’s terms.

The so-called Technical Committee recently received a build of Windows 7 from Microsoft and is checking it for any features that might violate the agreement. Presumably, most heavily under scrutiny is whether the OS causes host computers to favor Microsoft applications over third-party software — a practice the federal government cited in its original complaint against the company.

Microsoft to date has said little about Windows 7, which had been in development under the code name Blackcomb. It’s generally believed that the OS will ship in the 2010 timeframe.

Source-  Information Week

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