[kwlug-disc] free MS software for 3 years

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Sep 24 16:08:15 EDT 2009


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john at netdirect.ca wrote:

> 
> I think they are reacting to the free software movement. They need to 
> provide free software, but they can't. The compromise is that they offer 
> it free for a period. 
> 
> 

Isn't temporarily selling something below cost to reduce competition
against the law?

Or maybe it's admission that the per unit cost to produce the software
is essentially zero?

Either way, it would fascinating to hear MS explain their pricing policy
to the FTC in the US.

Clearly, some portion of Microsoft's business makes unreasonable
profits.  They must have some way to subsidize the huge losses they
incur in gaming, MS Live and other endeavours.
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