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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Calls Windows 'Addition' Budget a "Gift"

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Microsoft makes $2.3M grant to Goodwill

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| Through sales at Goodwill's 19 area retail stores and 32 donation sites, the 
| organization funds job-training and career-development services for 
| individuals facing barriers to employment such as lack of skills, experience 
| and education. In 2007, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont placed 
| more than 2,200 individuals in competitive employment.    


Look closely enough.

Translation: they'll ensure people are stuck with Windows. It's part of
the "Unlimited Potential [to fight competition]" program.

Software piracy group tries a lighter approach to mission

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| It's been accused of zealotry in its time, but the Federation Against 
| Software Theft (FAST) has decided to adopt a softer tone, founding a new body 
| to reach out to the companies it usually polices with Robespierre-like 
| fanaticism.   


Other new articles ridicule people ('pirates') who are forced to buy Microsoft
products just to communicate with their government, which is typically
corrupted by Microsoft and its lobbying arms.


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.

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