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Ahead of Microsoft's massive partner conference next week, partners were protesting a new policy that would charge them for using the tech titan's software to run their own businesses.

But as the controversy and protests grew, with over 6,000 people signing an internet petition, Microsoft bowed to the pressure and reversed course.

After some 6,000 people signed an Internet petition in a matter of day angrily demanding that Microsoft not take away a valuable perk — resellers' rights to use Microsoft software — Microsoft has bowed to the pressure and reversed course.

On Friday, the day before its annual partners conference, where thousands of partners will descend on Las Vegas to learn how they can make money by helping the tech giant sell its wares, Microsoft cancelled the policy.

The company had been planning on doing away with the perk that was included to those that pay an annual subscription to be part of its official sales channel.

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