In Brief: New rules ease export of encryption

• The U.S. Department of Commerce loosened export regulations for encryption. The new rules should allow Microsoft to significantly simplify its product lines. Microsoft previously could only export products with strong (128-bit) encryption to a limited set of countries and only to certain kinds of customers (e.g., banks). Consequently, Microsoft had to maintain separate "weak" versions of encryption-enabled products (such as Internet Explorer) for the export market.

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