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06.06.10

Microsoft Accused of Cracking Down for Added Profit in the East

Posted in Asia, Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 2:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: News from New Zealand suggests that Microsoft has turned more aggressive against businesses that illegally use Microsoft software

DESPITE benefiting from counterfeiting, Microsoft keeps portraying itself as a victim. Had Microsoft really wanted to impede illegal copying, it would achieve this easily. But Microsoft publicly admitted on several occasions that it wished to give Windows away to many people, in order to increase its profits later on. It’s a long-term investment. “They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade,” Bill Gates famously said. It’s the same mentality of drug companies whose patents he is promoting at the moment (as an investor).

Anyway, Microsoft now denies that it has increased crackdowns on businesses in New Zealand, despite the fact that Microsoft is doing this in China. Can anyone believe the systematic liar called Microsoft? Its word contradicts the rest.

Microsoft has denied speculation that it is taking a more aggressive stance auditing Kiwi businesses that it suspects of using more Microsoft software than they have licences for.

Legal counsel Waldo Kuipers declined to comment on rumours that one large listed company had agreed to pay Microsoft $900,000 following an audit a year ago.

Microsoft software such as Windows is neither libre nor gratis. It’s not only China where Microsoft has begun suing more businesses in attempt to “collect” (using Gates’ own word). The propaganda and deception which Microsoft generates through funding of ‘studies’ needs to be ignored, including news articles like this one.

Windows profits decline over the years, so businesses should expect Microsoft to become more aggressive. They should move to GNU/Linux before Microsoft comes knocking or suing (to “collect”).

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