Microsoft Establishes 12 Principles for Windows Development
Microsoft's general counsel spells out 12 principles Microsoft has adopted to guide the development of Windows Vista and beyond. The principles highlight lessons Microsoft has learned from years of antitrust and other legal battles.WASHINGTONMicrosoft has announced 12 principles by which the company will guide its development of the Windows desktop platform, starting with Windows Vista and beyond. At a New America Foundation Policy Luncheon at the National Press Club here, Brad Smith, Microsofts senior vice president and general counsel, outlined the principles and discussed lessons Microsoft has learned over the past 10 years based on antitrust battles, regulatory scrutiny and fierce competition in the operating system and software market in general. Smith said the principles largely come from things Microsoft picked up in the consent decree the software giant signed in settling its landmark antitrust battle with the federal government, but that more recent developments led to the crafting of some of the other principles.
The 12 principles are based on three main areas: choice for computer manufacturers and customers, opportunities for developers, and interoperability for users, Smith said.