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The company developed 12 internal principles to abide by

Still feeling the pinch of the EU's decision to fine $357 million, Microsoft this week released a formal pledge, a list of 12 rules that the company said it will abide by, in order to facility healthy competition in the software market. Microsoft said that it will comply by the self-imposed rules, as well as comply with industry and government regulations.

During a conference, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith indicated to an audience made up of industry professionals that his company would be focusing on user freedom, choices and that companies can expect this trend to continue well after Vista. "In the broadest sense, I am here to pledge Microsoft's continued commitment to vigorous competition and vital innovation in the software marketplace -- and to explain how this commitment is guiding our development of the next-generation Windows operating system, Windows Vista," said Smith.

Microsoft outlined the following 12 self-imposed commitments:
  • Installation of any software
  • Easy access for software makers
  • Defaults for non-Microsoft programs
  • Exclusive promotion of non-Microsoft programs
  • Business terms (no retaliation against PC makers that support non-Microsoft software)
  • Disclosure of APIs
  • Freedom of choice in Internet services
  • Open Internet access in Windows
  • No exclusivity in middleware contracts
  • Availability of communications protocols
  • Availability of Microsoft patents
  • Support for industry standards
Microsoft also addressed the issue of net neutrality. Smith said that Microsoft would "design and license Windows so that it does not block access to any lawful Web or impose any fee for reaching any non-Microsoft Web site or using a non-Microsoft Web service." However, Smith admitted that the 12 principles were not entirely comprehensive and that there were a lot of answers still left unanswered.

Meanwhile, the EU has not backed off. According to regulations, Microsoft has until the end of this month to comply with EU regulations or face an increase in fines. The EU stated in a report that it would fine Microsoft double the amount -- roughly $634 million -- it received last week if it failed again on July 31st.

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RE: such bs
By TomZ on 7/20/2006 5:05:05 PM , Rating: 2
i already call bs..what about forcing HDCP for HD content?

they are doing everything they can so that a consumer can't use his content how he wants and without spending a fortune

Obviously this comes from content providers. Microsoft is not in the business of providing content so they don't have a direct interest, but they realize that in order for a next-generation format to be successful, it is a business reality that it has to have content protection. The content industry will never accept a next-generation technology that is a step backwards in the area of content protection.

We may not like it as consumers, but it is the basic reality of the situation.

RE: such bs
By LumbergTech on 7/20/2006 6:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
i totally disagree, it is not the reality of the situation, even before there were heavy anti-piracy measures they made tons of money, it is PURELY dishonest to pretend like they need this garbage to sell the product, if anything its amazing how many people will buy things when it is so easy to steal it, and that is my main arguement against BS anti-piracy features ..people do want to pay for it, they JUST WANT A REASONABLE PRICE

RE: such bs
By Pirks on 7/20/06, Rating: 0
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