Friday, April 20, 2007

Your first dose is only $3: Getting developing countries hooked on Microsoft

From engadget:

"Microsoft will be selling a package containing full-fledged versions (well, kinda) of its OS and office software to eligible countries for a mere three-bucks-a-pop. Starting sometime in the second half of the year, less-developed nations that agree to provide free computers for their school systems will be able to participate in the latest effort in Microsoft's Unlimited Potential initiative, which nets them a bundle containing XP Starter Edition, Office Home and Student 2007, as well as various other educational titles..."
At least Microsoft is honest about it: "This is not a philanthropic effort: this is a business."

The computer market of developing countries is at stake, and Microsoft is hoping to dominate over OLPC and other competitors in this huge untapped market by mass distribution and a 'cheap' initial investment.

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