Microsoft’s favorite government agency the European Union is no longer watching over the software giant full-time. The European Commission stated that they no longer need a full-time trustee to make sure Microsoft is obeying the EU’s antitrust orders. Microsoft has been sharing technical information with rivals that helps make their products compatible with Microsoft servers.
Neil Barrett, a computer science professor was appointed by the EU to assess Microsoft data. Microsoft lost a legal battle in 2007 to the EU. Microsoft had to give I.P. to rivals as a result. Microsoft stated that they will remain committed to complying with the EU’s antitrust orders.