Microsoft alters its Windows licensing policy

In a rare concession to PC makers, Microsoft has changed the licensing terms that it uses to force them to install its Windows operating system.

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By  Robin Duff Published  July 12, 2001

Microsoft has changed the licensing terms that it uses to force PC makers to install its Windows operating system. The vendor has decided to allow manufacturers to remove Internet Explorer icons from the Start menu and provide the ability to remove user access to Internet Explorer in the new Windows XP.

The official statement released from Redmond mentioned that; “based on extensive customer usability studies, Microsoft had designed Windows XP to ship with a clean desktop and improved Start menu, but PC manufacturers will now have the option of continuing to place icons on the Windows desktop if they want to.”

Microsoft originally responded to the US Appeals Court’s ruling on June 28 with a statement expressing approval of the court’s decision, saying the company was pleased that the court had overturned most of the lower court’s findings against the company, drastically narrowing the case and removing the break-up cloud from the company.

“We recognise that as a successful company, we have an important responsibility under the law and to the broader industry,” continued the statement. “We take that responsibility very seriously, and we will continue to work hard to provide great opportunity for our industry partners and consumers.”

The statement also contained a promise that Microsoft would work toward resolving the remaining issues quickly.

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