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Microsoft Case: Music Feature A Violation

The U.S. Department of Justice and state prosecutors yesterday told a judge they are “concerned” about a music-buying feature in Microsoft’s Windows XP software that may violate the company’s 2001 antitrust settlement…the feature in question is XP’s “Shop for Music Online”: even if users have installed a competing browser, Explorer automatically launches when users click on “Shop for Music Online” feature.

Microsoft contends it’s doing nothing wrong and won’t change the feature. It says a settlement provision allows Windows to continue using Explorer for some built-in functions.