Feeds

SCO licenses Microsoft protocols

Redmond Music Store, IM also concerns watchdog

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The next step in data security

The SCO Group is one of four new licensees for Microsoft's interoperability protocols, we learn from the latest antitrust compliance bulletin. Regular reports are issued to monitor compliance with the Antitrust settlement, specifically "to ensure that rival middleware can interoperate" with Microsoft servers.

Alongside SCO, Cisco, Laplink and Tandberg TV have also signed up to the MCPP (Microsoft Communications Protocol Program). It represents a tiny number of potential licensees; many others are confident that they can interoperate with Microsoft servers using open implementations, such as Samba. However, the court declares itself happy with Microsoft's compliance, congratulating it on halving the license fees and rewriting the licenses to make them easier to understand.

There's another program in which you can get a license to look at the technical documentation for the protocols. Not surprisingly it has zero takers so far: the documentation has been described as less than useful, since the latest Microsoft implementation is the documentation.

Attorneys for each of the dissenting States, continue their own monitoring, and we learn that California is discussing the integration of Windows Messenger into the operating system after one complaint.

A complaint from a Tablet PC ISV was dismissed by the compliance committee, and required no further action.

While Apple is boasting about the popularity of its iTunes Music Store, now available on Windows, Microsoft's efforts in this department continue to attract scrutiny.

"Plaintiffs are engaged in a dialog with Microsoft concerning a feature within Windows XP called 'Shop for Music Online', which allows a user to go online to purchase compact discs from retailers. Plaintiffs are concerned that the feature invokes Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, rather than the user’s chosen default browser, in a manner that may be inconsistent with Section III.H.2(b)," apparently.

We learn that the technical committee has been called in, and without much apparent progress, this one may go to Court. ®

Related Link

The 17 October Status Report

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
Profitless Twitter: We're looking to raise $1.5... yes, billion
We'll spend the dosh on transactions, biz stuff 'n' sh*t
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.