Microsoft to display competitors' photo software

Windows XP will more prominently display non-Microsoft digital imaging software, a concession made by Microsoft Corp. in a dispute with Eastman Kodak Co., Kodak said Monday.

Kodak had charged that Microsoft was limiting consumer choice and competition by only displaying its own software when a digital camera was connected to a PC running Windows XP. The software will be changed to show a list including multiple third-party software packages instead of a pull-down menu with Microsoft's software as the only visible option, Kodak said in a statement.

Microsoft has also agreed to clearly brand its software and to work with Kodak to make sure Kodak cameras work with Windows XP. Kodak had complained that Microsoft had co-opted a standard called PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) in Windows XP and was using it in a way contrary to its original design. Kodak, a partner in America Online Inc.'s online photo finishing services, didn't get Microsoft to change the way it promotes such services. Windows XP will still steer users to Microsoft's preferred partners, such as its own online photo service, MSN Picture It (which will be renamed MSN Photos), and Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. The changes made to Windows XP are "a positive note," said Kodak Chief Operating Officer Digital and Applied Imaging Phil Gerskovich in the statement, adding that Kodak looks forward to continuing working with Microsoft to improve the digital photography service.

Windows XP is in the final days of development and is scheduled to go on retail sale on Oct. 25.

Kodak is one of many complainants about Windows XP. Microsoft is weathering criticism from privacy groups that filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, from New York Senator Charles Schumer, who called for hearings, and from InterTrust Technologies Inc., a company that charges Microsoft is using its digital rights management technology in Windows XP and other products, and has filed a patent infringement suit.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joris Evers

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?