Software Briefs: Microsoft, Siebel

Software Briefs: Microsoft, Siebel

Microsoft expands its shared source program Microsoft is expanding a program that provides device manufacturers, chipmakers and systems integrators access to the source code for its Windows CE .Net operating system, allowing them to make modifications to the code for commercial products. Under its existing shared source program, Microsoft partners in the embedded space could view a portion of the Windows CE .Net source code for debugging purposes or to help them understand the internal workings but were not permitted to modify the code for use in commercial products. Under the new Windows CE Shared Source Premium Licensing Program (CEP), device makers have access to virtually all source code and can modify it for use in commercial products.

FBI asked to investigate leaked Siebel documents CRM software maker, Siebel Systems, has asked the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the leak of internal customer review documents. Siebel’s senior vice-president of technical services, Steve Mankoff, said excerpts from its third-quarter 2002 customer satisfaction survey had been stolen and maliciously sent to select parties. “Someone has taken, selectively, eight pages of the 75-page report, clearly marked ‘confidential,” Siebel’s senior director of public relations, Nitsa Zuppas, said.

German government confirms Microsoft discount Governments and big multi­national companies should take note of Microsoft’s willingness to bend on prices in an effort to keep key accounts for its Windows operating system from wandering into the open-source Linux camp. The German Interior Ministry has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft to receive favourable conditions for buying and leasing software products without having to commit to using them exclusively. The deal comes just weeks after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paid a visit to government officials in Germany.

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