Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Sep 2010 20:57 UTC
Microsoft Who said a public outcry - even if it's just on the internet - never helped anyone? Yesterday, we reported on The New York Times' findings that Microsoft lawyers were taking part in raids on opposition groups in Russia. Today, Microsoft has announced a number of steps to fix the situation - the most significant of which is a unilateral software license extended to all NGOs in Russia and several other countries.
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I could bitch about anything...
by Moredhas on Mon 13th Sep 2010 21:47 UTC
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I could bitch about anyhing, so I will. While it's awfully nice of Microsoft to offer this "unilateral license", there are two real reasons they've done it. Firstly, there's their usual vendor-lock-in practise. Members of NGOs will use Windows at home because they use it at work. Second should be obvious, giving them all free copies of Windows with no legal ambiguity means they won't all run off to the penguin flock to avoid suspicion of piracy. Microsoft could have sat bakc and done nothing, but I'm sure it woould have cost them a fair portion of the Russian private sector.

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