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May 12, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Timeline: Microsoft’s antitrust history

May 1998: The U.S. Department of Justice, 20 states and the District of Columbia sue Microsoft, accusing the company of illegally engaging in predatory practices to protect its monopoly in personal-computer operating systems.

October 1998: The antitrust trial begins in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

January 2000: Microsoft Chief Executive Bill Gates announces he will become chief software architect and Steve Ballmer will be CEO.

April 2000: U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson rules Microsoft unlawfully maintained a monopoly in Windows and unlawfully tied its browser to Windows.

June 2000: Jackson orders a breakup of Microsoft into two companies.

September 2001: Justice says it would no longer seek a breakup of Microsoft.

November 2001: Justice and Microsoft agree on a proposed settlement for the antitrust case.

November 2002: U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly approves the settlement; Microsoft is ordered to comply with a five-year consent decree.

May 2006: Microsoft and Justice agree to extend the consent decree until November 2009.

January 2008: Kollar-Kotelly grants extension.

April 2009: Parties agree to extend the consent decree to May 12, 2011.

May 2011: Consent decree expires on May 12.

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