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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the point remains that the marginal cost to Microsoft of providing the licenses that are the topic of this thread is close to zero.

.. and that's the logic disconnect a lot of people will fail to grasp as well... they're giving it away to people who weren't going to pay for it in the first place, and likely had no plans to ever pay for it. Net Loss ZERO, apart from the PR of "Hey look what we're doing"

they just don't want it pointed out to other people. Pointing it out reduces the PR value.

On both sides of the arguement... since if you do point it out, the question becomes "So just exactly why weren't these NGO's using the legitimately 'free' alternatives?"

Must be strong arm monopolistic tactics and the evil corporations -- couldn't possibly have anything to do with quality of the alleged "alternatives"...

Edited 2010-09-14 05:02 UTC

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