“A senior Microsoft Corp. executive says the company is concerned that uncertified third-party software loaded onto new computers by manufacturers could hurt the launch of consumer versions of its Windows Vista operating system later this month,” Saleem Khan reports for CBC News.
Khan reports, “In a private discussion Tuesday night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Microsoft official told CBC News Online, on condition of anonymity, that the world’s largest software maker is frustrated by legal shackles that prevent the company from restricting what kinds of software major computer makers install on new PCs.”
‘We can’t do anything about it because it would be illegal,’ the executive said in reference to restrictions placed on the company following a U.S. federal anti-trust lawsuit against the company,” Khan reports.
Khan reports, “The concern arises from third-party software that hardware makers commonly install on new computers in exchange for a fee, many of which have not been tested and certified by Microsoft to work with Vista, the executive said. They include things such as links to online services, and demo versions of programs. ‘We call them craplets,’ the official said. The term is a contraction of the words ‘crap’ and ‘applet.’ An applet is a small computer program or application.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apparently you can make crap even crappier by topping it with more crap.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Wealthy Industrialite” for the heads up.]
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