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Windows 7 Licence Surprise

Posted by Non-Hamster on January 21st, 2009

Just ran across something interesting, a ZDnet article by one of the few people to ever bother reading one of those End user License Agreements (EULA).  Specifically, the one that comes with the Windows 7 Beta that so many people are hopping all over themselves to check out.

I am not a hamster, I admit that there's some interesting changes however I expect most of them will disappear into the great bit bucket in the sky when the final release version comes out.  I don't think for one second that Microsoft is going to be changing any of it's spots any time soon.

Also, Before you run out and grab a copy of Windows 7 for your nice new Sony Vaio, one of those new items in the EULA will be of particular interest:

The software will stop running on August 1, 2009. You may not receive any other notice

That right there is enough to put the brakes on any thoughts I might have had of trying it out on a non-critical machine.  I have never like what I call "Time Bomb-Ware" and I'm not about to even think of trying it now.  On the other hand, that date indicates when they're going to either put out a "Beta 2" or launch sales of the production version.

There's a few other goodies like, you can install as many copies as you want, it still needs licensing and activation, Etc. ETc.

The final point that actually makes me laugh is the part about benchmark (speed and performance) tests:

You may not disclose the results of any benchmark tests of the software to any third party without Microsoft’s prior written approval.

Yeah, right.  That's gonna stop people.  Frankly I would not be in the least surprised if people have already begun sharing and even publishing the results of benchmark tests on Windows 7.  In fact, I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen.

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  1. Andrew on 02.02.2009 at 09:26 (Reply)

    The other beta had a time bomb as well – because it’s beta software.  Do you seriously think MS would give away a fully functional OS?

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    1. Non-Hamster on 02.02.2009 at 17:32 (Reply)

      No, I don’t suppose they’d ever have the sense to do something like that.  Still, I farging hate things that are deliberately broken that way.  I don’t get why they can’t see it’s a non-starter.  If they want to improve their public image, whats a few thousand copies of something they’re planning to sell for years?

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