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Windows 7 launch: Ballmer rules out licensing changes

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has ruled out reviewing its user licences, despite acknowledging the fine print and complexity can cause headaches for customers.

Taking questions at a customer event to promote the launch of Windows 7, Steve Ballmer was quizzed on whether of the vendor would simplify its licensing processes.

"I don't anticipate a big round of simplifying licences. The last round of simplification was done six years ago and a lot of clauses and fine print is there to help customers reduce costs," he said.

"Any simplification needs to be done to provide things the customers want us to do, not for the purity of simplification. Last time we fixed that we made things simpler and had satisfaction numbers plummet for two years," he said.

In a bullish presentation, Ballmer said the supplier was working hard to ensure the launch of Windows 7 was more successful than Vista.

"My hope is that in the first three to six months [after launch on 22 October] any new PC you buy will come with Windows 7. It would be a shame to see people acquire Windows XP machines in 2010," he said.


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