Is Microsoft’s plan a scheme to net unwary victims into its net or an honest effort to help underdeveloped countries progress toward the technological age?
[Microsoft] wants to bring computing to a further one billion people by 2015.
The [One Laptop per Child project is] in the final stages of developing a low cost [$100], durable laptop, designed to work specifically in an educational context.
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The move is very savy from a business perspective. It is a humanitarian cause that will expand Microsoft’s customer base.
Yes, corporations are in it for their own good, their bottom line. Publicly held corporations rarely have a true “conscience” because the real bosses are stockholders who have a simple, natural and undestandable self-interest in profit.
What some misunderstand (such as unions engaged in corporate campaigns) is the old cliche, “What is good for the customer is good for the corporation.” Businesses that do not meet a demand do not exist. Therefore, a corporation will not naturally do or sell things that are bad for the customer (I define “bad” as “against the will” of customers because people demand products that are bad for themselves such as cigarettes, sugar, cars, etc.)
In this case, what is good for Microsoft, expanding the user base, is good for the countries interested in the project, providing technology to citizens to increase their educational and economic viability. This is good business.