Microsofts $3 Anti-Linux Weapon
Opinion: The company's Student Innovation Suite is an attempt to con the world into using Windows and avoiding Linux. (Linux-Watch)In Beijing, Bill Gates announced this week that Microsofts "Unlimited Potential" initiative will now include offering a software package, the Student Innovation Suite, to governments and students in emerging countries across the world at a price of just $3. This suite, available in the second half of 2007, will include Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office and Windows Live Mail desktop. However, Microsoft has no takers for its offering yet. Click here to see images from a test drive of the $100 laptops user interface.
Officially, the goal is to help bring social and economic opportunity through new products and programs to as many as possible of the potential 5 billion people who do not yet use Microsoft products.