TechnologyAccounting SoftwareMicrosoft makes more licensing concessions

Microsoft makes more licensing concessions

Microsoft has relaxed licensing restrictions on access to the Windows code and protocols it placed on competitors after last year's antitrust ruling in the US.

Link: No confidence in Microsoft software security

Following negotiations with the US Department of Justice, Microsoft said it will make it easier and cheaper for rivals to get hold of code needed to make their applications fully interoperable with the Windows operating system.

Microsoft agreed to license parts of the operating system code to other software companies as part of the antitrust settlement, but competitors complained that the licensing terms made it too expensive

The easing of access to Windows intellectual property protocols will make it easier for rivals to make their own web browsers, instant messaging applications and multi-media software run on Microsoft’s operating system.

‘These changes are designed to provide more readily available information to companies about our technologies, and make it easier and more attractive for those companies to license our technology,’ said Brad Smith, senior vice president at Microsoft, in a statement.

Microsoft said further fine-tuning of its Communications Protocol Programme, which was first announced in August last year, will be made available on its website soon.

‘The proposed changes, which will be available shortly will have the effect of greatly simplifying the agreement process, and modifying aspects of the royalty structure that will open this programme to a wider range of businesses.’

Related Articles

5 key tech innovations helping accountants transform their businesses

Accounting Software 5 key tech innovations helping accountants transform their businesses

3w Heather Darnell, Founder of Ask the BOSS
Finance and the tech foundation: what’s needed to deliver impactful business insights?

Accounting Software Finance and the tech foundation: what’s needed to deliver impactful business insights?

3m Workday | Sponsored
Best accounting software for businesses in the UK

Accounting Software Best accounting software for businesses in the UK

4m Accountancy Age, Reporters
Making sense of enterprise tech concepts for finance teams

Accounting Software Making sense of enterprise tech concepts for finance teams

4m Workday | Sponsored
Open Banking: what you need to know

Accounting Software Open Banking: what you need to know

4m Edward Berks, Xero
Accountancy in the digital age: Flexibility, agility, efficiency

Accounting Software Accountancy in the digital age: Flexibility, agility, efficiency

6m Pegasus Software | Sponsored
Sage purchases Intacct in its largest ever acquisition

Accounting Software Sage purchases Intacct in its largest ever acquisition

10m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
5 tips for SMEs to protect cash flow

Accounting Software 5 tips for SMEs to protect cash flow

10m Alia Shoaib, Reporter