Last month, Microsoft was condemned for language in the Windows Vista license that let buyers shift the OS only one time after it had been installed on a PC. The phrasing was more specific than that used in the Windows XP license, which did not specify the number of allowed transfers.
"The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time. If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the 'licensed device,'" read the original Windows Vista license.
The new language reads: "You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices."
Nick White, a program manager on the Vista team, gave Microsoft's reason for the switch on the group's blog. "It's become clear to us that those original terms were perceived as adversely affecting an important group of customers: PC and hardware enthusiasts," White wrote.
"We respect the time and expense you go to in customizing, building, and rebuilding your hardware and we heard you that the previous terms were seen as an impediment to that," White added. "It's for that reason we've made this change."
Reaction from readers of the Vista blog was almost unanimously positive. "Thank you for doing the right thing," wrote a user identified as "Southpaw." Another user, "quux," added: "I was pretty sure y'all would come to your senses on this."
[Interop ITX 2017] State Of DevOps ReportThe DevOps movement brings application development and infrastructure operations together to increase efficiency and deploy applications more quickly. But embracing DevOps means making significant cultural, organizational, and technological changes. This research report will examine how and why IT organizations are adopting DevOps methodologies, the effects on their staff and processes, and the tools they are utilizing for the best results.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.