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Re: Part of the Microsoft Agreement
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- Subject: Re: Part of the Microsoft Agreement
- From: Mitch Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sun, 7 Dec 97 21:25:25 -0800
In reply to Christopher Pall's message sent 12/7/97 8:48 PM:
>DCOM95. You may only use copies of the DCOM95 component on computer(s)
>for which you have licensed Microsoft Windows operating system
>What does this mean? Why is it necessary to mention DCOM95 in
I'm not sure about DCOM95 specifically, but this clause in the software
"agreement" is apparently included with all Microsoft software these
days. Why Microsoft's shysters insist on this language is a matter of
some speculation. The reasoning I've picked up is that it gives Microsoft
the right to determine what OS you can use to run the software. For
example, it might be "illegal" to run it under OS/2, or perhaps on a Mac
running SoftWindows or Virtual PC -- or any other OS developed in the
future that could potentially run Windows software.
Only Microsoft knows exactly what this means, but you can be certain of
one thing: it's not for our benefit.
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