Microsoft has been working to meet the requirements of its antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice since the settlement was approved in 2002. A joint filing in the case this week indicates that process is "substantially complete," according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Under the terms of the settlement, Microsoft was required, among other things, to make technical documentation for its Windows application programming interface available to third-party developers. According to the joint status report filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday, the final documentation was delivered in June, and all parties to the case agree that:
[T]he technical documentation is now substantially complete. As explained in prior Joint Status Reports, by "substantially complete," plaintiffs mean that the documentation, when considered as a whole, appears on an initial reading to cover the information required by the templates in a reasonably thorough and comprehensible manner.
Though the determination doesn't mean Microsoft doesn't have work left to do, it does mean the company can resume receiving royalties on Microsoft Communications Protocol Program licenses. Full compliance with the settlement agreement is required by May 2011.