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Fraud, Embargo and Slump at Microsoft Partners in India

Posted in Asia, Finance, Fraud, Microsoft at 10:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Satyam, Wipro and Infosys, respectively

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THE NEWS from India is may change things very quickly. Microsoft is not well positioned to end up on top of the deep recession, by its very own admission (October 2008). Many people already know that Windows revenue fell and the company is entering debt [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. 10 years ago, a Microsoft insider blew the whistle on his employer, showing financial fraud. Microsoft paid him $4 million to keep quiet and bury the evidence.

“Microsoft’s partners in India show signs of corruption at the moment.”Microsoft is under investigation again (for financial misconduct that’s alleged) and it’s really just a needle in a haystack [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Novell has its share of things to hide too [1, 2, 3], but that’s another story.

Microsoft’s partners in India show signs of corruption at the moment. For those who don’t recall, Microsoft may have gone as far as bribing Indian charities and it was accused of looting the nation along with its Indian partners.

Wipro happens to be one of these accomplices. It helps Microsoft fight GNU/Linux and it also helps in a variety of other ways [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], including involvement in the OOXML corruptions.

Well, guess what? Wipro has just been banned for malpractice.

The World Bank has revealed the full list of companies banned for bidding for future contracts because of alleged malpractice.

Is anyone surprised?

This comes just days after another Microsoft partner* got caught for massive fraud because it could not keep up appearances anymore. That would be Satyam, which also benefited from Microsoft's visa swindle (c.f. Abramoff-Microsoft connections for details). Anyway, here is the latest about Satyam:

Engulfed by a fraud scandal and its very existence under threat, services group Satyam has had three new members on a newly constituted board forced on it by the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Another troubled Microsoft partner from India, as first realised in last night’s English-speaking news, is Infosys.

Faced with a tough business environment, Infosys Technologies, India’s second largest outsourcer, again lowered its dollar revenue forecast for the company’s fiscal year ending March 31.

We mentioned the Infosys connection to Microsoft a couple of months ago (re: Kerala). Infosys also helps Microsoft legalise software patents in India [1, 2, 3], exploit Indian people, ram OOXML down ISO’s throat [1, 2] and so on and so forth [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8].

* Partnership mentioned and shown here.

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