The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: U.S. wants to extend oversight of Microsoft: "The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to extend by at least two years its oversight of Microsoft relating to a specific provision of the broad 2001 antitrust settlement between the company and the government."
Meanwhile, in Redmond, a slightly different spin:
"Microsoft today has voluntarily agreed to extend for two additional years part of the U.S. consent decree. This agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general will extend until November 2009 the part of the decree related to our licensing program for communications protocols. The agreement requires court approval.
Microsoft is also announcing today that it has decided that, even after the expiration of these provisions of the consent decree, it will continue on a voluntary basis to document and license the communications protocols in the Windows desktop operating system that are used to interoperate with Windows server OS products."