Unethical - MS Office to govt. workers, free

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Unethical - MS Office to govt. workers, free

Postby Antony » Mon 15 Mar, 2004 5:42 am

This is an extended version of this SillyDog701 article, with my personal view.

According to this C|net report, Microsoft is sending free copies of its flagship products to US government employees. The gifts have street value of USD500 per copy.

This is a very unethical behaviour. Why's Microsoft sending away its flagship products for free? To selected high-influential customers, I have to add. Microsoft is giving away its flagship products after many governments are looking at open-source alternatives, not always free, but at a significant reduction of license spending. What is the main reason behind giving away Office product to government employees? One can easily conclude that employees will be more familiar with Microsoft's products hence reluctant to switch to alternative products. This is indirectly ensuring government departments will keep using Microsoft's Office as the standard application. This is something not many companies can affording doing.

Let's look back history. In 2001, the Microsoft's “Software for Schoolsâ€
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Postby Wellander » Mon 15 Mar, 2004 6:27 pm

Err.
I am Mad now.
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Postby djv1 » Mon 15 Mar, 2004 6:46 pm

Damn them

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Postby Wellander » Mon 15 Mar, 2004 6:55 pm

djv1 wrote:Damn them

:evil: :twisted: :evil:



Hi,
I do Not know how appropriate that is however I agree.
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