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NDAs: Non-disclosure agreements. They’re the bane of many bloggers’ and reporters’ existence.Meandering through the Microsoft NDA mazeCompanies love to slap NDAs on partners and customers — as well as those of us who write about them — so folks won’t blab before they’re allowed about what’s coming and when. NDAs are especially onerous when Microsoft […]

NDAs: Non-disclosure agreements. They’re the bane of many bloggers’ and reporters’ existence.

Meandering through the Microsoft NDA mazeCompanies love to slap NDAs on partners and customers — as well as those of us who write about them — so folks won’t blab before they’re allowed about what’s coming and when. NDAs are especially onerous when Microsoft and other companies attempt to enforce them for even those products and technologies that are no longer secret. (Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3 come readily to mind here.)

NDAs can be minefield. If one person breaks a Microsoft NDA, is the information covered by it subsequently considered public? That’s one of many gray areas I’ve encountered myself.

Given these complex rules and regulations, it’s good (and somewhat amusing) to see a member of Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM team attempt to spell out the NDA terms for “Titan,” a k a Dynamics CRM 4.0.

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