Microsoft Investigating Extent Of Abuse In Software Sales System
from the how-will-this-play-out dept
Following the news from a last week about the Microsoft employee who stole $9 million worth of software, Microsoft says they’re investigating others who may have abused the system. This article also has more details on the accounting of how they came up with the $9 million number, saying that many of the products sold retailed for over $20,000. What I’m wondering is how many of these $20,000 products he actually sold. If you’re going to spend $20,000 on a software product, I would think you’d make sure it was an authorized reseller or some sort, and not some random guy. The article also points out that none of these products had an actual cost of goods sold of more than $1,000 (which triggers an alert saying the boss has to approve the sale), giving you some idea of the markup margins that Microsoft puts on its products. It certainly seems worth questioning the $9 million claim, which is sounding more and more like Hollywood’s claims of the “billions” lost to online file sharing.