Microsoft will be offering developing nations a $3 software suite containing Windows and Office applications. All this, the company's PR spin doctors claim, is aimed at closing the digital divide.
Closing the digital divide is a noble cause by all means. But some of the plan's implications are less noble.
North America, Europe and parts of Asia are considered firm territory for Windows, simply because users are familiar with their operations and their data has been locked in. Microsoft's greatest challenge is to repeat this feat in emerging economies.
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