Unshareable ‘special’ deals
A few days ago we wrote about seemingly-illegal deals that Microsoft signs across Europe. The public is not allowed to know what it pays for [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Well, it’s happening again, this time in the Ukraine. Someone from Microsoft says:
Following the visit of Steve Balmera in Kiev in May this year, we signed MOUs with a number of ministries and departments, and continue fruitful negotiations with the State Department of Intellectual Property.
Who could forget the Hungary incident?
Anyway, that’s not all.
Students at the correspondence-based University of South Africa (Unisa) will be required to sign up for a Microsoft-provided email address before they are able to receive correspondence from the university.
The required email address is part of the first phase to build the MyLife portal to foster a “sense of belonging” among students, the university says.
Phase two of the project will see the university encouraging students to use other “Microsoft live services such as social networking facilities … online file storage, and Office Live workspace”.