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ZDNet UK: Microsoft Deflects Shared-Source Critics

Apr 14, 2003, 14:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

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"Clarifying the details, Microsoft confirmed that developers are required to license their improvements back to Microsoft for no royalty, but said this is not as onerous as observers might think, pointing out that the big names such as ARM, Hitachi, Samsung, Intel, MIPS and Mitsubishi have signed up to the conditions.

"'Microsoft has been listening to what customers tell us,' said Hardy Poppingar, EMEA product manager for embedded products at Microsoft. 'With the premium program, they can be more innovative and differentiate themselves from the competition.'

"In a teleconference, Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief technical officer for Advanced Strategies and Policy, confirmed that the agreement requires developers to license any derivative code back to Microsoft for use in future versions of Windows CE. Under this license, Microsoft would pay no royalty payment to the developers..."

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