Sm@rt Reseller: MS: Windows refund a 'PR stunt'Jan 22, 1999, 01:21 (6 Talkback[s])
"Microsoft says it is not taking the threat of a potential Windows revolt seriously. "We consider this a bit of a PR stunt by some Unix guys," says corporate spokesman Adam Sohn. "OEMs are completely free today to ship any OS they choose. There is no provision in any of our contracts telling OEMs they can't ship something else" or even a so-called "naked" system without any operating system preloaded."
"Microsoft also has no plans to discuss formally with OEMs potential ramifications from a Windows Refund protest."
"OEMs will have to make their own decisions. They are 'adults.' They don't need Microsoft to tell them how to deal with their customers," Sohn says. He adds that if, how and when OEMs opt to refund customers if they can prove they never used copies of Windows that came preinstalled with their machines is up to each individual OEM."
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