IDG’s InfoWorld Reveals Windows 98 Disables Competitors’ Software

SAN MATEO, Calif. (July 13, 1998) — InfoWorld, the enterprise computing newsweekly, today announced that the July 13 issue of InfoWorld will carry the first in a series by InfoWorld columnist Brian Livingston, co-author of Windows 98 Secrets, that describes how Microsoft's new Windows 98 operating system disables competitors' software.

In InfoWorld's July 13 Window Manager column, Livingston describes how Windows 98 disables files used by competitors' software and installs different versions of those files for the use of Windows 98. Livingston's July 20 InfoWorld column will provide instructions on how to determine which applications rely on those files and what users should do about it.

Livingston began writing the Window Manager column for InfoWorld in 1991. He is the author or co-author of six books on Windows, including the recently launched Windows 98 Secrets. His books have been translated into 25 languages and have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

"Brian Livingston is one the world's leading authorities on Windows. His column consistently provides in-depth analysis and understanding on how to use Windows better," said Sandy Reed, editor-in-chief of InfoWorld. "His discovery of how Windows 98 disables competitors' software is typical of the expert advice that is so valuable to InfoWorld and its readers."

According to Livingston, Windows 98 provides a utility, called Version Conflict Manager, that is intended to keep track of the disabled files, which are identified by their .dll extensions, and provide a way for users to switch the files back. But the Win 98 setup routine does not provide any notice to users that the files are being changed or that the Version Conflict Manager is available if competitors' software no longer operates properly.

"If the Windows 98 setup routine detects that a competitors' program has installed a newer shared file than the version that comes with Windows 98, the setup routine moves the file to a new location, disabling it," Livingston reports in his July 13 column. "Win 98 then installs an older version of the same file into the proper location. The application that depended on the newer version of that file may no longer work properly or at all … This practice places competitors who rely on the newer files at a severe disadvantage. Competitors' applications may no longer work, but users would have received no notice of the change."

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