I had the discussion with Microsoft

  Forum Editor 15:40 07 Sep 2003

and I wrote the article, so I should clarify one point at least:-

Computer manufacturers/suppliers do not necessarily get the OEM software licences direct from Microsoft - it's more than likely that they buy them from one of the Microsoft approved OEM 'partners'. These companies then sell on to computer manufacturers, and of course there may well be differences in the arrangements negotiated with individual suppliers, dependent on sales volumes.

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