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Intellectual Property – Licensing Policy

To promote broader availability and use of our technologies, Microsoft may periodically publish new licensing programs on Microsoft.com. Microsoft currently maintains programs for licensing Windows and other source code, hundreds of communication protocols, popular Microsoft Office XML schemas, and other technologies.

Microsoft has a history of licensing patents under fair and reasonable terms to companies that respect Microsoft intellectual property rights. For examples of our licensing programs, visit Microsoft Technology Licensing. In general, Microsoft considers all requests for licenses, but reserves the right not to license certain technologies and/or patents. Where Microsoft determines to license patents, we generally do so non-exclusively and on terms similar to how others in the technology industry license their own patents, typically referred to as "commercially reasonable" terms.

This policy statement highlights current Microsoft licensing practices and is subject to change at any time. This policy statement is also subject to variation to conform to applicable laws and regulations.