first_img Tagged with: Technology Trading Microsoft on the other hand are adamant that the donations programme is legal.Read “Microsoft to offer free software” by Paul Abrahams and Daniel Dombey at FT.com. Howard Lake | 15 May 2003 | News Microsoft to offer free software to education and governments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Microsoft plans to offer free and discounted software to governments and educational institutions, although critics have suggested this might contravene European antitrust law.By offering free and discounted software to particular sectors Microsoft could be viewed as abusing its near monopoly status, according to FT.com. “European law prohibits companies with monopolies using discounts that discriminate between customers and exclude competitors from the market”, reports the financial newspaper.The donations are presumably part of Microsoft’s efforts to ensure it does not lose out to its rival free operating system Linux. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more