On 12 May 2011, the Microsoft final judgment (handed down in 2002), which prevented Microsoft from engaging in exclusionary behaviour and other illegal practices, has expired. The judgment, inter alia, prohibited Microsoft from tying its middleware software to its Windows Operating System and obliged Microsoft to provide interoperability information to third parties. The original judgment was placed on Microsoft to eliminate its illegal practices and to allow competitors in the middleware market to develop their business. The original judgment also helped develop new products and services including, amongst others, cloud computing services, mobile applications and other software than can effectively compete against Microsoft Windows. Although the current judgement has expired, Microsoft could become the target of another investigation and judgement if its practices continue to impede competition in the various software markets that it is active in..