Back in 2002 Microsoft agreed to have their future opearting systems monitor for future release. So with Windows 7 on the horizon, regulators are gearing up for a close inspection of the operating system. This could explain why Microsoft has left some features out of Windows 7 like an email program and such, that have to be downloaded by the consumer.
In a recent article the scrunity parameters are explained as:
Microsoft has been under a microscope since it struck a deal in 2002 that required the company to document communication protocols so that other developers, competitors included, could craft software that works smoothly with Windows clients and servers. The decree also set up the technical committee and forced Microsoft and state and federal antitrust officials to deliver regular reports to Kollar-Kotelly.
The newest report spelled out changes the committee, dubbed “TC” by the court, will make to test Windows 7, the successor to Vista.
“In light of the number of new documents that need to be reviewed, the TC is going to shift its focus to direct review of the documents by the TC’s engineers as the most efficient method of identifying issues with the documentation,” read the status report. “The revised strategy will enable the TC to review the new Windows 7 and system documents more thoroughly than it would otherwise, which is particularly desirable given the significance of these new documents to the project as a whole.”
So it appears that Windows 7 will be looked out closely before we see the final release this year.