After 18 months of delays, Microsoft has responded to a cease-and-desist complaint filed by Munich’s Baden-Würtenberg consumer rights center (Verbraucherschutz) by vowing to never again forcibly download upgrade files onto customers’ computers prior to obtaining their consent. Microsoft had lost in Munich courts twice and submitted this stipulation prior to the third, presumably final, round.

According to my own translation of the government’s press release, Microsoft has agreed it will no longer download Windows upgrade files before explicitly receiving permission.

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