Microsoft Drops Smart Tags Under Criticism
Microsoft has decided to drop the controversial Smart Tags feature from
its forthcoming Windows XP release. The feature will not appear in the final
version of the
Windows XP is scheduled for
"The decision has been made in response to customer feedback," says a Microsoft spokesperson. She says she cannot provide further information.
The software giant has come under increasing fire for the planned
feature, which scans keywords in user documents and offers links to related Web
sites, many of them operated by Microsoft entities or partners.
Smart Tags already operate in Office XP,
Last week Microsoft officials in Europe said the company would offer only minimal Smart Tags in software sold outside the United States.
In a related action,
InterTrust filed its amended complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The company says Microsoft infringed on a U.S. patent issued to InterTrust. Its original complaint says Microsoft's Windows Media Player and other products implement a variety of rights-management functions that infringe on a patent that InterTrust got in February. Digital-rights-management technology helps to manage and protect proprietary data such as digital music files.