Joined: July 2004
||Posted: June 24 2005,15:11
|I am of the mindset that I should be able to tweak, share and install with my own discretion|
This is the mindset of many people who turn to (or have always been using) Linux, myself included.
However, it's evident that Microsoft sees itself as a business before anything else, a business that must continue to increase revenue. Its software users are not 'users', they are 'customers'. Everything MS makes available is a 'product' rather than a 'tool'. Profit and licensing are top priority.
It's my opinion that Microsoft sees these limited products as introductory or trial software, hoping that they will get customers accustomed to them, or even dependent upon them, and will continue to purchase in the future, hopefully the full OS instead of the limited versions.
Microsoft also has been very concerned about the laws in China, which apparently do not forbid software piracy. It is their hope that providing a cheaper alternative will intice people to buy rather than 'steal'.