Microsoft Adds Twist to New CE Source Code Program
The software giant will retain the right to include any commercially used modifications made by licensees of its Windows CE source code in future versions of that operating system.Microsoft Corp. will retain the right to include any commercially used modifications made by licensees of its Windows CE source code in future versions of that operating system, company officials said Wednesday night. As first reported by eWEEK, Craig Mundie, chief technology officer for advanced strategies and policy at Microsoft, announced Wednesday evening that Microsoft will, for the first time, give OEMs, vendors and systems integrators full access to Windows CEs source code as well as the rights to modify and ship the code commercially in CE-based devices. Known as the Windows CE Shared Source Premium Licensing Program or CEP, the initiative builds on the existing Windows CE Shared Source Licensing Program, which allows developers, researchers, students and other interested parties to use the code for any noncommercial purpose.
It also further expands Microsofts Shared Source Initiative, which was first reported by eWEEK in March 2001