Microsoft's Suing Over Diverted Student Software… Even As It's Encouraged Similar Diversions
from the how-about-that dept
There’s been a lot of press coverage the past couple of days about Microsoft filing lawsuits and sending cease-and-desist letters over specially priced software for students being diverted to retailers. By itself, the story isn’t all that interesting, but it did remind me of stories from the past few years that have suggested that Microsoft has either turned a blind eye to non-students buying student-priced software or actively trying to court non-students with the academic discounts. At the time, it seemed like Microsoft recognized that for many people, the alternative to not getting the student discount would be to either get a totally unauthorized version or move on to another platform. However, like so many other things, perhaps Microsoft’s views keep changing as it grows older.