UNITED STATES OF AMERICA et al v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION

Filing 902

STATUS REPORT Supplemental by MICROSOFT CORPORATION. (Rule, Charles)

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA et al v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION Doc. 902 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION, Defendant. Civil Action No. 98-1232 (CKK) Next Court Deadline: November 16, 2009 Supplemental Status Report SUPPLEMENTAL STATUS REPORT ON MICROSOFT'S COMPLIANCE WITH THE FINAL JUDGMENTS Microsoft hereby files its Monthly Supplemental Status Report regarding its compliance with the Final Judgments. I. Technical Documentation A. Microsoft's Progress in Resolving Technical Documentation Issues ("TDIs") through September 30, 2009 The current status of TDIs identified in the MCPP documentation through September 30, 2009, is noted in the chart below.1 1 The August TDI numbers reported in this chart differ slightly from the numbers provided in the previous Supplemental Status Report because the dynamic nature of tracking TDIs in multiple databases occasionally results in categorization and exact TDI closure dates changing after the previous reporting period. Dockets.Justia.com As of 8/31/2009 Priority 1 TDIs Submitted by the TC Submitted this period Closed this period Outstanding Priority 2 TDIs Submitted by the TC Submitted this period Closed this period Outstanding Priority 3 TDIs Submitted by the TC Submitted this period Closed this period Outstanding TC Submitted TC Closed TC Outstanding TDIs Identified by Microsoft Ident ified this period Closed this period Microsoft Outstanding TDIs Identified by Licensees Ident ified this period Closed this period Licensees Outstanding 2 Period Ended 9/30/2009 148 33 706 295 166 896 180 41 495 623 240 2097 591 767 356 1714 379 283 367 295 11 17 12 16 TDIs Identified by TC in Overview/Reference Materials Ident ified this period Closed this period Overview Outstanding Total Outstanding 12 2116 2 0 14 2422 2 In most cases, licensees do not open TDIs themselves. Licensees generally ask Microsoft questions about the documentation. Most questions do not result in any TDIs. In some cases, questions from licensees result in a TDI being filed by the Microsoft employees involved in answering the licensees' questions. In these circumstances, Microsoft categorizes the TDI as a licensee TDI. The total number of outstanding TC-generated TDIs in September shown in the chart above is higher than it was for the prior period due to the necessary lag as new TDIs are processed and closed. In addition, TC-generated TDIs remain open as a formal matter until revised documents reflecting the agreed-upon changes have been published through Microsoft's six-week publication cycle and verified again by the TC. II. Technical Documentation Testing and Licensee Support Microsoft's testing of the Windows 7 documentation is progressing and is expected to be completed in approximately June 2010. A. Interoperability Lab In late September, representatives from the Samba organization completed a productive week-long session in the Interoperability Lab. Feedback received from the Samba team was positive. Microsoft continues to make various resources available to assist licensees in using the technical documentation. Microsoft's Interoperability Lab remains open and available for use by licensees. At least one MCPP licensee is scheduled to use the Interoperability Lab at the end of October, and planning for that session is underway. B. Plug-fests The Storage Developer Conference ("SDC") was held September 14 17, 2009 in Santa Clara, CA. For the second year in a row, Microsoft sponsored a plug-fest at the event itself. The event this year attracted even more participants, including: Apple Inc., Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc. (Bulgaria), Exar Corporation/Hifn, Inc., Intel Corporation, Isilon Systems, Inc., NetApp Inc., Nexenta Systems, Inc., Quantel Ltd., the Samba organization, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Symas Corporation, SwiftTest, Inc., ubiqx Consulting, Inc., Visuality Systems Ltd., and Whiptail Technologies. Planning is underway for the next weeklong plug-fest focused on Active Directory protocols, which is scheduled for January 2010 on the Microsoft campus. III. Technical Documentation Team Staffing Robert Muglia, the President for Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, continues to manage the documentation effort along with additional senior product engineering team managers. Approximately 500 Microsoft employees and contingent staff are involved in work on the MCPP technical documentation. Given the substantial overlap between the MCPP and the European Work Group Server Protocol Program, all of these individuals' work relates to both programs or is exclusive to the MCPP. Of these, approximately 259 product team engineers and program managers are actively involved in the creation and review of the technical content of the documentation, including periodic work on TDI resolution as well as developing new content for the next version of Windows Client and Windows Server. Because of varying areas of expertise, not all of these product team employees are working on the documentation at any given time. For example, many of the MCPP documents currently do not have any associated TDIs. In other months, these same product teams may have multiple TDIs to resolve and/or additional content to draft and spend most or all of their time on projects relating to the protocol documentation. In addition, there are approximately 29 full-time employees and approximately 57 contingent staff working as technical writers, editors, and production technicians. Additionally, as the protocol testing effort continues, approximately 40 full-time employees and approximately 110 contingent and vendor staff work as software test designers, test engineers, and test architects. Microsoft will continue to apply the resources necessary to ensure compliance with the Final Judgments. Significant attention to and involvement in the technical documentation and the MCPP extend through all levels of the Microsoft organization and draw upon the resources of numerous product engineering, business, technical, and legal groups, as well as company management. Dated: October 15, 2009 Respect fully submitted, FOR DEFENDANT MICROSOFT CORPORATION /s/ CHARLES F. RULE CHARLES F. RULE (DC BAR No. 370818) JONATHAN S. KANTER (DC BAR No. 473286) Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 700 Sixth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 (202) 862-2420 BRADFORD L. SMITH ERICH D. ANDERSEN DAVID A. HEINER, JR. Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 936-8080 STEVE L. HOLLEY RICHARD C. PEPPERMAN II Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 125 Broad Street New York, NY 10004 (212) 558-4000

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