Still dogged by antitrust charges on both sides of the Atlantic, Microsoft Corp will today announce changes to its technology licensing initiatives that are expected to offer partners and rivals more access to its protocols and APIs than ever before.
The company said it will start to offer access to previously unavailable Microsoft innovation and R&D under a new overarching policy designed to increase access to Microsoft technology for industry participants.
Further details will be made available in a teleconference this morning with Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith and corporate VP and deputy general counsel for intellectual property Marshall Phelps.
It won’t be the first time this year Microsoft has changed the way it licenses its technology. The firm was forced in August to change the terms of its agreements after the US Department of Justice complained some terms could be anticompetitive.
It was not clear as of press time last night whether Microsoft’s latest move is in response to its legal problems in the US, or potentially stronger European Commission penalties. The EC is currently considering Microsoft’s case.
This article was originally based on material published by ComputerWire.