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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RE[2]: and for paying customers....
by lemur2 on Tue 14th Sep 2010 01:36 UTC in reply to "RE: and for paying customers...."
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It's not cost per copy, it's the total cost and profit that matters for MS. Say they program Windows for $1B in total (salaries, utilities, etc). They'll aim to gather say something like $2B all around the world to make a profit. Thus if they can get $300/copy in US and $30/copy in Russia, and the total adds up, it's OK for them. The actual cost of plastic is of course a small $1 drop in the pond.

For "donations" like this, the marginal cost to Microsoft is not $300/copy in US or even $30/copy in Russia, it is more like the $1/copy everywhere.

Not a bad investment by Microsoft in order to buy $390 million worth of PR cred.

Edited 2010-09-14 01:37 UTC

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