Dev Bytes

Microsoft Corp. has opened key components of Windows by making 289 APIs (application programming interfaces) available for free at the Microsoft Developer Network Web site as the company takes steps to comply with the proposed antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and nine states.

Release of the APIs is something Microsoft agreed to do under the proposed settlement with the DOJ and the nine states, which was reached in November and revised in February. The proposed settlement awaits a ruling by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who is expected to announce at any time whether she accepts the settlement terms or wants to impose harsher remedies.

Transmeta offers developer’s kit for Crusoe chip

New computer designs featuring Transmeta Corp.’s Crusoe processor will be easier to create with the company’s new system development kit for its flagship TM5800 processor, according to the vendor.