Microsoft provides Certificate of Authority (COA) stickers to be glued to certified products. Microsoft uses different colors for their COA licenses as an anti-piracy practice. It means that the stickers may change and such changes may happen in uncertain intervals of time. There is usually no impact on RoHS, content, or size of the label.
See the below picture as an example:
Microsoft utilizes a variety of ANTI-PIRACY (AP) features in COAs and needs to change those features from time to time to improve the feature strength of the AP technologies deployed in COAs.
The artwork design and AP features will be changing. For example, the new Gemstone Thumbnail COA (Jade) will be printed on a polymer substrate (PET) rather than paper. The weight of the adhesive will reduce to ensure optimum performance with the polymer substrate. There will be no changes to the COA dimensions for the new Thumbnail 'Jade' COA. For all details, please visit the secured Microsoft Partner Portal (Device Partner Center – DPC).
Low. We don't expect our customers to be affected by this change.
Uncertain periods of time when the change occurs. Several months of the transition period. Distributors and OEMs may ship to exhaust the old (previous) COA. Thus, it may be implemented with Toradex products for an extended period of time.
No changes to:
An example of the specification can be found on the secured Microsoft Portal (Device Partner Center – DPC).