Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Punktyras
Legal "What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals award, which it says it gives to 'exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others'. However, his cherished status did not last."
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They "disable" extensibility and make it hard to enable it. But they didn't remove extensibility from Express edition because, well, they needs it themselves and they don't design extensibility to allow fine-grain feature tuning, like add-ins not be supported anymore.

Bad move.
Because it's what they should have done. And could.
By removing add-in API from VE Express SKU, for a start.

But they don't. Instead, they added another paragrah in the EULA. Sounds weird, but its what happens when you hire lawyers instead of software engineers...

Edited 2007-06-08 12:40

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