Microsoft Buys-off Foreign Governments
September 16, 2003 12:13 PM   Subscribe

Microsoft Buys-off Foreign Governments. Can you say "Bribery?"
posted by ZenMasterThis (18 comments total)
 
Wait, hold on, I'll do it for you all:

M$

There. Proceed.
posted by solistrato at 12:29 PM on September 16, 2003


They're still not selling baby formula to third world mothers, so I'm not going to get too worked up over Microsoft giving money away.
posted by Space Coyote at 12:34 PM on September 16, 2003


Wait, hold on, I'll do it for you all:

M$

There. Proceed.



Oh wait, here's some more:

Micro$haft
Microjunk
Microsucks

I'm sure I forgot a few. Proceed with caution.

Pure evil, I tell you.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 12:38 PM on September 16, 2003


And there were riches to be had all along the Bribery Coast...
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand at 12:54 PM on September 16, 2003


Blah, i've spent all day mitigating virus/worm infections on our Windows networks... I just got to sit down now.

Damnit, billy gates.. stop making money and fix your software.
posted by shadow45 at 12:57 PM on September 16, 2003


Figured this was his wife's doing.
posted by thomcatspike at 1:06 PM on September 16, 2003


Interesting how this isn't being done through the Melinda and Bill Gates foundation and through MS and this association itself.

Regardless, the genie is out of the bottle and many foriegn companies and governments are seeing the US in a new hostile light. Look at the Galileo project the EU is going to launch, its just their own version of GPS. The East wants their own OS without possible NSA backdoors and better security from the ground up. Linux is a contender but there are other players out there, not to mention writing an OS from the ground up. Funny how I buy all my peripherals and computer hardware from the East but the software is usually US based. They definitely have a market.

Writing a national or better OS for government is an old idea but I think the newest worms and the hostile "we do what we want FU international community" Bush administration has some powerful people asking all the right questions regarding IT and how stuck their government is on the MS teat.

Also, the "open format" meme has spread. Government is going digital, they don't want all their documents in a proprietary format like .doc and be under the gun of the company that owns it.

MS just can't stop this rising tide of awareness and competition no matter how many free PCs they throw at any organization serious about their data. I wonder how many of these free PCs will be wiped and turned over to whatever non-MS OS breaks through in the near future.
posted by skallas at 1:11 PM on September 16, 2003


Ha Ha Ha... M$.

That's a good one... It's as though they were giving away free money and software to schools and countries who had the option of not taking it!
posted by hoborg at 1:41 PM on September 16, 2003


They're still not selling baby formula to third world mothers, so I'm not going to get too worked up over Microsoft giving money away.

exactly. i just can't get as outraged.
posted by th3ph17 at 1:44 PM on September 16, 2003


"I would like to spend it [$250 million in cash grants] sooner rather than later ... to get the money out and get it working," Wilderotter [Microsoft's senior vice president of business strategy] said.

I think that explains it all.
posted by dash_slot- at 2:05 PM on September 16, 2003


"Dubbed the Partners in Learning program, Microsoft said it will provide training and access to the latest computer technologies microsoft products to primary and secondary schools."

there.
all fixed.
in accordance with the "truth in news releases act of 2003".
posted by quonsar at 3:08 PM on September 16, 2003


Oooh, shock!, horror!, a company uses discounts to promote its products to emerging markets. How dare they!
posted by dg at 4:07 PM on September 16, 2003


I can think of at least a dozen things to get more worked up about than some company with a debatably Evil reputation giving away some money and product.
posted by ilsa at 7:27 PM on September 16, 2003


Linus Torvalds gives away his product. Why can't Microsoft?
posted by milnak at 11:18 PM on September 16, 2003


Linus hasn't been found guilty of using illegal means to uphold a monopoly for one thing.
posted by infowar at 10:27 AM on September 17, 2003


"Microsoft is like a tobacco company that wants to addict its users at a young age," as a guy from India said to me recently.
posted by hairyeyeball at 10:36 AM on September 17, 2003


"Microsoft is like a tobacco company that wants to addict its users at a young age,"

Yep. It's like a tobacco company in that respect. Also like Apple Corp. But unlike a tobacco company, Microsoft products don't cause fatal illnesses. [insert EXTREMELY original jokes here]

Use MS products. All the COOL kids do it. You wanna be COOL don't you?
posted by hoborg at 11:50 AM on September 17, 2003


Sigh. Microsoft bashing - how novel!

(Insert pithy, anti-Microsoft statement here.)
posted by FormlessOne at 12:55 PM on September 17, 2003


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