Microsoft Promises to Compete Fairly
July 20, 2006 3:37 PM
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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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Microsoft: Axis of Evil
7/20/2006 7:01:27 PM
And just why has it taken MicroSquish NINE YEARS
to see the error of their ways?
Was it just money?
Or have they FINALLY recognized a culture of greed
and control is not to be admired?
Tell it like it is Mr. Ballmer.
RE: Microsoft: Axis of Evil
7/20/2006 7:34:21 PM
MicroSquish? Nah, that must be not you... see, I'm still waiting for that little screwy MICROSUCKS jerk to pop up here and make my day. Hey, where are you buddy, time to come and make your little pee here - public is waiting.
RE: Microsoft: Axis of Evil
7/20/2006 7:50:05 PM
what a sad little comment.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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