Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:02 UTC, submitted by flanque
Microsoft "Red Flag Linux has turned out to be little more than a key bargaining chip in a high stakes game of commerce between the Chinese government and the world's largest software maker. Thanks to some major concessions on source code and a precipitous price drop, the Chinese government has now thoroughly embraced Windows and Office. And thanks to a major about-face in the way that it deals with piracy, Microsoft has also won over the Chinese people."
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by Siamhie on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:29 UTC
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Then Microsoft got serious about competing on price by offering the Chinese government its Windows and Office software for an estimated $7-$10 per seat (in comparison to $100-$200 per seat in the U.S., Europe, and other countries).

If that isn't an abuse of power, then I'll just go back and crawl under my rock.

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RE: Mo*nop"o*ly
by linumax on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:36 in reply to "Mo*nop"o*ly"
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It's not abuse of power, if Chinese government says this is the price they pay and no more, then that's it, MS is left with two choices:

1- Quit Chinese market
2- Offer a huge discount

Now considering the size of Chinese market, it's absolute insanity for MS not to play by their rules.
I'm pretty sure even at $7-$10, MS still has some profit.

Edited 2007-07-29 19:38

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RE[2]: Mo*nop"o*ly
by SlackerJack on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:50 in reply to "RE: Mo*nop"o*ly"
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OK, so we in the UK say 14 and in the U.S say $7, yer right, if only it was that easy.

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RE[2]: Mo*nop"o*ly
by Siamhie on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:58 in reply to "RE: Mo*nop"o*ly"
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So when the Chinese Government goes to renegotiate their terms in the near future, do you think Microsoft will offer these ridiculous prices again?

That's the abuse I speak of.

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