SEATTLE (AP) -- Microsoft's Corp.'s decision to change its licensing agreements with computer manufacturers appeared likely to have little impact as computer makers seemed hesitant to change their policies.
Analysts speculated the move announced Wednesday was designed to help Microsoft's image without hurting its bottom line, and critics said it does little to appease their concerns.
"I think on the public relations front it helps them in the sense that it shows them being deferential to the court and the concerns that the court raised," said Jonathan Geurkink, an analyst with Ragen McKenzie in Seattle.
Microsoft, responding to a recent court ruling that said its competitive practices broke the law, agreed to let computer manufacturers remove shortcuts for some Microsoft products from the Windows desktop.
The company also said computer makers can continue to add the icons of other technology companies, such as RealNetworks or AOL Time Warner.
But two of the 19 attorneys general who sued Microsoft said the change meant little since Microsoft already won the battle for Internet browser dominance.
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