A former Microsoft employee accused of stealing trade secrets from the company has pleaded guilty to the charges.
Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect at Microsoft, had been charged with stealing pre-release information about Windows 8 RT and Microsoft's Activation Server Software Development Kit and leaking that information to a French blogger. Microsoft discovered the leak by , leading to .
Appearing in court on Monday to enter the guilty plea, Kibkalo reached a deal with federal prosecutors that should see him do a mininal amount of jail time, according to The Seattle Times, which posted a copy of the plea agreement. Prosecutors are recommending a three-month prison sentence and restitution of $22,500 to Microsoft.
Kibkalo's sentencing hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 1.