Microsoft's Relaxed OEM Rules Are Welcomed By PC Vendors

By Doug Olenick On Jul 23 2001 - 6:00am

PC vendors limited their comments on Microsoft's relaxing of OEM requirements with most simply saying they are happy with their new found flexibility.

As a direct result of the anti-trust proceedings directed against Microsoft, the company reported late last month that PC manufacturers will be able to decide for themselves how to handle the Microsoft-supplied software that is bundled with the Windows operating system.

While one PC maker who wished to remain anonymous expressed disappointment saying Microsoft could have done more, spokesmen for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq gave the move a thumbs up.

"As an OEM we are very pleased and looking forward to Microsoft's application of the court ruling across other areas," Compaq's spokesman said.

HP said its product development teams are reviewing what the company can do under the new rules.

Microsoft's decision was in response to findings by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. that some of the Microsoft Windows licensing requirements were improper, said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. The changes will be implemented with Microsoft's new XP operating system and are not expected to effect the Oct. 25 launch of Windows XP. However, the operating system will require some alterations.

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