The 9 year old antitrust agreement Microsoft Corp. was forced to sign with the Department of Justice (DoJ) back in 2002, finally came to its end on last Thursday, and according to the agency, the agreement eventually lead to a massive change in the software market which is now far more open, cleaner and innovative than it ever was.
In 2002, Microsoft signed an agreement with the DoJ following a court order which strictly asked it to refrain from indulging in any sort of “unfair” business practices.
The verdict of the court “helped create competitive conditions that enabled new kinds of products, such as cloud computing services and mobile devices, to develop as potential platform threats to the Windows desktop operating system,” a statement from DoJ read.
Meanwhile, Andy Gavil, an antitrust professor at Howard University Law School in Washington expressed his opinion on the issue by saying: “Microsoft got into antitrust trouble because it fell behind as an innovator and then tried to catch up by flexing its Windows monopoly rather than competing on the merits”.
Having being relieved from the burden of working under the eagle-eyes of the DoJ officials, a Microsoft spokesperson reportedly told that the company has learned a valuable lesson from this episode, and also that it had changed the way how the company looked at their responsibility in the industry.