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Microsoft: keep "craplets" off Windows PCs

updated 02:05 pm EST, Thu January 11, 2007

Microsoft on Windows Cruff

Microsoft is worried that unwanted software bundles could affect the success of Windows Vista, a senior Microsoft executive has told CBC News. Choosing to remain anonymous, the official says that many of the pre-installed third-party programs included with new Windows PCs -- nicknamed "craplets" by the official for their small and often irritating nature -- may be incompatible with Vista and could create unintentional ill will towards Microsoft through bugs or even a complete failure to run.

"If someone buys a Vista PC and has a problem, they're going to blame Windows," he said.

While the executive said Microsoft would like to control the initial experience with its own operating system, the company claims to be hampered by legal restrictions that prevent it from dictating the software third-party system builders can load on new PCs. Many Windows system vendors choose to pre-install third-party freeware or trial versions in exchange for pay, reducing the overall price of the system. Michael Dell, CEO of the namesake company, recently said to Ars Technica that the selling price of new PCs would increase by as much as $60 without such deals.



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