Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd May 2010 09:49 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft "Over the past year or so, Microsoft's robotics group has been working quietly, very quietly. That's because, among other things, they were busy planning a significant strategy shift. Microsoft is upping the ante on its robotics ambitions by announcing today that its Robotics Developer Studio, or RDS, a big package of programming and simulation tools, is now available to anyone for free."
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RE: For free?
by TommyCarlier on Mon 24th May 2010 12:34 UTC in reply to "For free?"
TommyCarlier
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2006-08-02

Free has multiple meanings. That's the way language works. It's not because one of the meanings doesn't apply that you can't use the word.

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RE[2]: For free?
by sorpigal on Tue 25th May 2010 15:37 in reply to "RE: For free?"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Except that in this case the usage is ambiguous, hence the need to clarify. MS is releasing software in to a market where there are major Free alternatives. To say that it is releasing free software certainly is unclear. Did MS just bow to market pressures and join the movement? If not it would be wise to say so.

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