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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and for paying customers....
by bnolsen on Mon 13th Sep 2010 21:48 UTC
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

...joke is on you.

This is a pretty sad state actually. It makes it seem now like MS is using their profits from other regions to subsidize others. They should have found some other way.

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RE: and for paying customers....
by sukru on Tue 14th Sep 2010 00:24 in reply to "and for paying customers...."
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

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.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

This is a pretty sad state actually. It makes it seem now like MS is using their profits from other regions to subsidize others. They should have found some other way.

This has been bothering me the whole last night. It just sounds so... selfish. There are actual people who are trying to make things better in Russia and they are in the risk of facing jailtime in the god damn horrible Russian prisons, and here you are complaining that they shouldn't have gotten Windows for free even when it's one of the major attack vectors for the government.

Besides, I don't think there really is any other way Microsoft could have helped. Unlicensed Windows installation being the primary excuse for arresting people there really is no other way than to make those installations licensed.

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