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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RE: and for paying customers....
by WereCatf on Tue 14th Sep 2010 09:22 UTC in reply to "and for paying customers...."
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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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