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Thursday, September 20, 2001

MS Dirty Tricks

An Infoworld column details some of the dirty tricks Microsoft is trying to pull on people. Granted, there is a bit of speculation in this article so take parts with a grain of salt. My favorite bit though is this passage from the FrontPage 2002 EULA:
You may not use the Software in connection with any site that disparages Microsoft, MSN, MSNBC, Expedia, or their products or services ...
Of course, no self-respecting webmaster would touch FrontPage with a 2002 foot pole. I wonder if a similar passage exists in the EULA for Office XP? If not, how long will it be until it is in there? Thanks Slashdot.

The Master comments: I wonder how well that EULA would hold up in a court of law. Limit MY free speech will you? I don't think so.

A.T. Hun comments: The problem is that most companies, and certainly most individuals, don't have the time or money to challenge this in court. So if they want to use FrontPage, they are stuck. I think anyone would willingly subject himself to FrontPage would need his head examined, but that's just me. Text editors all the way, baybee!

UPDATE! Someone on Slashdot commented that the FrontPage EULA mentioned is for use of the FrontPage logo, not the program itself. Anyone care to verify this one way or the other? At any rate, the rest of the article stands as is.

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