08.13.09

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Why Does Microsoft Treat Vendors and Customers Like ‘Thieves’?

Posted in DRM, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Office Suites, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 6:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.”

Bill Gates

Summary: The experience of vending or using Windows is still marginalising and demeaning

SEVERAL days ago we gave an example of a seller who was tricked by Microsoft to offer copies of its software under conditions which were not legal. As we pointed out at the time, this is part of a trend [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] because Microsoft is feeling the pinch. Here in the United Kingdom Microsoft is getting busy as well. From the news:

Microsoft catches 11 UK pirate retailers

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Computer Clinic, Bolton ; Computer Port, Walsall; Eazy PC, Redcar; Goldcast Computers, Stockton-on-Tees; Matrix Computers, Stockton-on-Tees; PC Assist, Oldham; Personal Touch Computers Ltd, Portsmouth; Platinum Computers, Hartlepool; Spacebar Computers, Litherland, Liverpool, and The Little Computer Shop, Griffithstown, Pontypool.

Those retailers will not be huge fans of Microsoft after the crackdown, so GNU/Linux and Free software might be offered as an option on their PCs in the future. There is no revenge sweeter than this and as the quote at the top ought to remind people, for many years Microsoft has permitted shops to distribute Windows and Office against the rules. As long as Microsoft benefited from freely spreading its software and making it a de facto standard, it was all fine.

Another area where Microsoft is criminalising not retailers but actual customers is Vista and Vista 7. For those who remember what a DRM mess Vista was, it is worth reminding that Vista 7 is just the same.

Microsoft, Windows 7, cable television, and the so-called “PlayReady” DRM scam

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What I’m about to show is Windows 7 artificially crippling an otherwise normal, uncrippled cable television channel. PlayReady DRM hooks into Windows Media Center and artificially degrades your standard cable TV service provided that the channel involved has paid Microsoft a lot of money.

Vista 7: limiting one’s experience artificially because everyone (including paying customers) is assumed to be a “criminal”. Very poor diplomatic skills from Microsoft and yet another reason to find permanent comfort in GNU/Linux.

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4 Comments

  1. David Gerard said,

    August 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm

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    We need a campaign for computer shops – pointing out the above examples and that Microsoft are not safe to deal with or deal in.

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    Computer shops, like the one I once worked for, already know the score. The owner had been sued by M$ and won. He had been tricked by his supplier with perfect “forgeries.” It took him years to prevail and it almost bankrupted him, but he still sells M$ junk. It’s all he knows and there used to be a good [parasitic] business in Winblows release sales and Wipe and Reload in between. These days, the business is all Wipe and Reload.

    People who know GNU/Linux can do well by catering to specific services and customizations. These people are cropping up around the world and they offer a much nicer service. There’s probably a shop or two near you.

  2. twitter said,

    August 13, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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    limiting one’s experience artificially because everyone (including paying customers) is assumed to be a “criminal”.

    It’s really more of a game to make people pay for things. M$ is paid to reduce quality. Customers are then forced to pay the service provider for what they should just already have. Broadcast is a terrifically inefficient means of delivering entertainment and is subject to games like this because it is centralized. A little known US law and MythTV circumvent Vista damage, but it can not undo the lack of choice and intentional signal degradation cable brings.

  3. twitter said,

    August 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm

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