September 4, 2000

German court ruling triggers price cut on Windows

Author: JT Smith

From a story at The Register: Microsoft Germany has reacted to a court defeat by slashing Windows prices and radically revamping its licensing model. In July a German appeal court ruled that Microsoft did not have the right to stop dealers selling on software that the company intended should only ship with a new PC; this has effectively created a secondary market for Microsoft software in Germany, and the company is now attempting to adjust to this. The new prices, which were obtained from a German distributor by Techchannel.de, are 20 to 30 % lower, and the software itself can now be sold separately.
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