Next target for Microsoft’s strategic largesse: the non-profit sector
According to the NYT , Redmond is significantly increasing its donation of software to the nation’s nonprofit organizations, to a level that may approach $1 billion annually in the next three to four years. Why the sudden outbreak of generosity on the company‘s part (remember it’s Gates as an individual who gives to the wholly-excellent Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)? Answer: “critics say they believe Microsoft is using a giveaway strategy to undercut the so-called free software movement in the potentially promising nonprofit market”. Well, I never….