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Fee to use Windows

I was reading Cringely again  -
http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20031120.html
and I started to wonder if he may be onto something here.  I don't know if I buy MS is intentionally crippling TechNet, but it may be that keeping healthy isn't high on their to-do list either.

The DRM point makes me wonder though.  What if instead of this expensive competition,they just said to run under DRM on MS OS, you need to buy a DRM certificate.  This means that for each copy of CityDesk, FogBugz, or FogCreek X,  Joel needs to purchase a DRM key.  This allows him to protect his software.  It also provides a continuous source of revenue to MS for every piece of software on the market. 

Here he refers to MS, but really would not any DRM vendor be in a similar position, except that MS owns the desktop?

MSHack
Thursday, November 20, 2003

Hmmm.... maybe it's time to buy some Micrsoft stock.

Entrepreneur
Thursday, November 20, 2003

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