,kettch wrote

Or just make the Logo program have requirements that are just as stringent as the signature program. Essentially, you get a logo if you produce a product that just * works.

That wouldn't work: Microsoft would have to hire many more people to conduct the testing to ensure a product meets requirements, and Microsoft could be intimidated if a large-enough partner wants their way really hard enough (think of how many tens of millions of dollars Dell gets in commission revenue from installing Norton's nagware on consumer desktops, they won't recuperate that loss easily, and they can get away with not having the "Designed for Windows" sticker because people buy Dell anywya).

I don't think Microsoft can win here: they aren't Apple and they have to work with companies actively involved in a race to the bottom.