[COLOR=#1951B9]Amid mounting pressure from competition regulators, Microsoft will scrap a clause in its licensing contracts with PC manufacturers that prevents the vendors from enforcing any hardware patents that may have implications for software.[/COLOR]

Tom Brookes, a Microsoft spokesperson, said the clause will be removed from all Windows licensing agreement renewals starting this August, to keep OEMs 'happy'... right.

[COLOR=#1951B9]He denies that simultaneous investigations of Microsoft by Japanese and European competition regulators led the software firm to scrap the clause. "It's coincidental," he says[/COLOR]