“Free” as in “free cigarettes”
WE WROTE QUITE EXTENSIVELY about EDGI, which comes in a variety of forms or variants (Microsoft has more than one acronym for this type of programme). We also happen to have covered the role of Biz/DreamSpark in the Philippines on numerous occasions before [1, 2], so we’ll abstain from repeating the analysis. Well, here is the latest development (gratis lock-in):
Microsoft Philippines on Thursday launched a new partnership program that allows local technology startups to use full-featured Microsoft development tools and production licenses with no upfront costs and very minimal requirements.
This is also covered here. Microsoft really wants to eradicate Free software in the Philippines. █