Linked by Jennimc on Wed 13th Jul 2011 22:39 UTC
Microsoft "InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard uncovered the fact that Microsoft is paying some organizations to adopt its Office 365 cloud service, mostly in funds that Microsoft earmarks for their customers' migration costs and other required consulting. Although this raised the eyebrows of some bloggers - and I'm sure Google wasn't thrilled - I think this is both smart and ethical. Here's why."
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Smart - yes, ethical - no.
by JLF65 on Thu 14th Jul 2011 00:48 UTC
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"Microsoft benefits from subsidizing the switch because it can capture a customer that will use that product for many years."

That's called lock-in and is a common tactic by monopolies like MS. It's BAD for customers and the public in general. It's clearly unethical, and sometimes illegal. Just MS up to its old shenanigans.

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