This article in Australia's IT News, mentions that under its antitrust agreement with the European Union, "Microsoft will publish an irrevocable pledge not to assert any patents it may have over the interoperability information against non-commercial open source software development projects." Whether M$ will claim this will only apply in the E.U. or that it will apply to Open Source projects in the U.S. is an open question in view of Microsoft's rather lackluster compliance with prior antitrust violation settlements.
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