| December 22 Microsoft asks for a four-month delay in the antitrust hearings. |
December 21 Microsoft announces a security flaw in Windows XP.
December 20 Comcast and AT&T Broadband agree to merge their cable operations in a $72 billion deal.
December 12 Microsoft files a report that lists no lobbying activity in connection with the antitrust case against it, stirring up ire from critics and rivals who feel the move violates disclosure laws.
December 7 The states pursuing the antitrust case announce they will recommend that the Microsoft be required to offer a stripped-down version of its Windows operating system and be monitored more stringently than was agreed to by federal prosecutors.
December 4 Microsoft enters the bidding war for AT&T Broadband to keep the valuable asset out of the hands of its longstanding nemesis, AOL Time Warner.
November 21 Microsoft, in attempts to settle more than 100 private antitrust cases, agrees to provide cash, computers and software it values at more than $1 billion to public schools that poor children attend.
November 16 Microsoft makes a special limited-time offer to pay all litigation costs for the nine states and the District of Columbia still pursuing the antitrust case against the company.
November 15 Microsoft's new video-game console, the Xbox, hits store shelves.
Microsoft Xbox (File Photo)
November 15 In a bid to lure the hold-out states to joine the settlement, Microsoft said it would pay all litigation costs, including attorneys fees, the states have run up so far. The company gave the states 10 days to accept the offer.
November 14 EU competition minister Mario Monti signaled that the settlement Microsoft reached with the U.S. Department of Justice may not address the concerns of European regulators. The European Commission schedules hearings on Microsoft for December.
November 6 Nine states announce that they are not willing to join the settlement. The states said they intend to pursue tougher sanctions against the company in court.
November 2 Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department announce that they have arrived at a settlement agreement that would end the long-running antitrust case. The settlement proposal would set new rules for Microsoft that in turn would have an impact on thousands of companies whose programs run on Microsoft's Windows operating system. The settlement would require Microsoft to make portions of Windows software code available to competitors so they can ensure that their products work with the operating system. Microsoft also would have to allow computer makers to pick and choose which of its products they load onto their machines, without fear of retaliation by the software giant.
October 12 The federal judge overseeing the Microsoft case appointed Eric Green, a Boston University law professor and expert on alternative dispute resolution, as a mediator.
October 10 The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Microsoft appeal to review the antitrust case, leaving intact a federal appeals court ruling that the company illegally abused its monopoly power in the market for personal-computer operating systems.
September 6 The Justice Department announced that it will not seek to break up Microsoft.
August 29 The new judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly orders the parties to set out the key issues in the case and determine how it will proceed. All sides are due to meet in court on Sept. 21.
August 24 A federal appeals court sent the case back to the District and appointed a new judge to hear remaining parts of the case and determine penalties.
August 18 The U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the case can go forward in district court despite Microsoft's Supreme Court appeal.
August 8 Microsoft appeals to the Supreme Court, arguing that the U.S. Court of Appeals should not have upheld Jackson's findings, particularly when the appeals court itself criticized Jackson for making inappropriate comments to the media.
June 28 A federal appeals court reversed a trial judge's order to break up Microsoft, but found merit in some of the findings that the world's largest software company broke federal antitrust law. The court also sent the case back to a different judge.
April 19 The European Union drops an antitrust probe against Microsoft over digital cable television after Microsoft altered some contracts.
March 14 Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson recuses himself from a race-bias case against Microsoft.
Feb. 27 Two days of oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia conclude. The judges cast doubt on the decision to break up the company but suggest the core antitrust violation could stand.
Feb. 6 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia schedules a hearing about the conduct of Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson.