When I commented that Microsoft’s expansion plans for emerging markets looked realistic, I hadn’t counted on the follow-up analysis by Joe Wilcox who now questions whether $3 for MS Office and a few other packages is too expensive.
Many commentators liken it to a drug dealer who gives away his stuff to kids at first so they become addicts. Likewise, once you have hooked students on Office, you can charge them the full +R2000 once they want the real thing.
The other interesting comment is that governments in those countries may also not want to get hooked. I know some SA governement departments are strongly anti-Microsoft – i.e. pro open source – and R21 for MS Office probably won’t change their minds either.