Microsoft on Tuesday disclosed technical information vital to allowing third-party developers to create software that works well with Windows. The Redmond, Wash.-based company released the information as part of its pending settlement with the Justice Department and nine of 18 states. The settling parties are waiting for a federal judge to either approve or reject the November agreement.
Microsoft began making the technical disclosure in mid-August, through the MSDN Web site, and released the full list of 272 APIs on Tuesday. After the release of Windows XP Service Pack 1, Microsoft plans to make available a software-development kit (SDK) for taking advantage of the technical information.
Among the current code releases are how to accurately create a Microsoft “Blue Screen of Death”, the generation of error windows and the company’s secret on how to lock-up and crash a user’s machine.