Really, a fairly good move on Microsoft's part. This is an attempt by Microsoft to protect its market share from the open-source Linux system and software piracy. The take-up of Linux in markets like those in India is very worrying to Microsoft, because of the cheap price afforded by that OS. Therefore, Microsoft wants to offer a similar alternative. There has been a recent boom in computer sales in India, but this benefits Microsoft little because of the widespread problems of software piracy in that country. This move should help to deal with that, and help Microsoft conquer this market.
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