Microsoft's donated 3.9 billion dollars to non-profits to date

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  1. funkydude

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    http://www.neowin.net/news/microsofts-donated-39-billion-dollars-to-non-profits-to-date
     
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    I would agree. Giving away their own software has the potential effect of furthering their business prospects.

    But the title really doesn't surprise me. The only effect it has is to diminish the value I give to certain sources.
     
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    Bill Gates probably donated around as much.
     
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    Didn't they only just donate a ton to a linux distro? I highly doubt that was to make them use Windows.
     
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    99.99% related to Microsoft's Hypervisor or something like that? But you know that, I'm sure.

    I'm off to read up about altruism and whether it exists other than conceptually.
     
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    Gates himself has donated tons.
     
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    Please keep us posted! :)
     
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    Actually I don't but I think it was posted here somewhere.*
     
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    People are assuming things all the time. I for one assume that you will be familiar with the argument that proprietary sofware vendors are responding to the increasing availability of high quality open source sofware by attempting to lock-in customers. Of course Microsoft is not the only one that does this, but their portfolio of methods and techniques - their non-profit programmes included - to achieve such lock-in and to further increase their market share is unparalleled.

    http://amsacta.cib.unibo.it/1789/
     
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    I disagree. Being "locked in" is not why people stay with e.g. Office, which is simply superior to it's Open Source alternatives in every form. It's quite simple, Bill Gates lead Microsoft, and has left behind his impression on the company. This is a good thing. Imagine if Apple was the dominant force, a company that really doesn't do anything.
     
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    I read somewhere how Bill this year has sold 90m Microsoft shares @ $27.59 - to donate to charities. He has another 500m at his disposal ... which is pretty mind-boggling.
     
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