Microsoft charges full commercial prices to non-for-profit

Paula Carleton, CIO of the not-for-profit Baptist Community Services, told Computerworld she is investigating how to move its 850 Windows desktops to open source following Microsoft’s decision to force it to a full commercial licence.

Every dollar we are forced to spend on software is a dollar less spent on the charitable services like homeless and crisis care that we deliver,” Carleton said, adding that it is a public benevolent organization according to the tax office. Read more…

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Microsoft: Fined €9 million

Microsoft fined US$11.9 million.

The fine, imposed by the German competition authority, the BundesKartellamt, came about after the body determined that Microsoft had illegally fixed prices with retailers for the Office Home and Student 2007 software suite.

The product in question was heavily advertised in the autumn of 2008 in stationary retail outlets,” said the BundesKartellamt in a statement.

Amongst others, a nationwide active retailer advertised the product with financial support from Microsoft. Even before the launch of the advertising campaign in mid-October 2008, employees of Microsoft and the retailer in question had agreed on at least two occasions on the resale price of the software package “Office Home & Student 2007”.

While it isn’t illegal for some contact to take place between the producer and retailer it is against German law for the seller to agree on future actions by the retailer.

Microsoft has accepted the fine and will pay it shortly.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/NewsStory.aspx?story=100673

Happy for Microsoft

Have you ever seen Microsoft churning out so many fixes and new versions of classic products such as Office, Windows, and Internet Exploder? No! Because of the fact that they are finally facing serious competition in the marketplace after decades of monopoly abuse, they are finally buckling their shoes and putting out some impressive software. Continue reading