Windows development guided by new principles
As Microsoft coughs up a $357 million
fine to the European Commission and faces a 20% possibility of having to
delay Windows Vista once again, Microsoft Senior VP and General Counsel
Brad Smith has introduced 12
new principles that will govern Windows development in the future.
The tenets fit in three categories: choice for computer manufacturers
and customers, opportunities for developers, and interoperability for
users. They include such items as "every computer manufacturer and
customer is free to install and promote any operating system, any
application, and any Web service on PCs that run Windows. Ultimately,
end users are free to choose which software they prefer to use" and
"Microsoft will not retaliate against any computer manufacturer that
supports non-Microsoft software."
Those two in particular are interesting, as just three months ago,
Microsoft lashed out at PC vendors in
the United Kingdom for selling "naked PCs" intended for use with Linux.
A complete list of the 12 principles can be viewed here.