Summary: The Marshall Law of Microsoft comes to CHT, more attempts at exclusion of competition are noted
“Project Marshall” is what Microsoft internally — as opposed to publicly — calls MoU, as revealed by confidential documents. When Microsoft speaks about an MoU, it means that it strives to maintain exclusivity through boiler room deals, sometimes with corruptible people who are willing to give Microsoft control in exchange for personal favours.
There is nothing ethical about an MoU and some are technically illegal. It’s not as though Microsoft was ever shy about breaking the law, but anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that a week after Microsoft signed an MoU in Taiwan (we also mentioned banks in China in that post), Microsoft also signs an MoU in China. Steve Ballmer was there too, probably taking a break from signing Vista 7 copies for celebrities who in turn feel compelled to lie about the O/S and recommend it.
The MOU signaling the beginning of a collaboration on software applications and cloud services for end-user devices was signed by Simon Leung, corporate vice president, chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region, and Shyue-Ching Lu, chairman and CEO of CHT, in the presence of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
An MoU is blanket/bulk contract, like those imposed on OEMs that limit choice by preinstalling Windows on everything, taking choice away from people further down the chain. Schools and universities are the same because all machines get covered by Microsoft “licences”, no matter what operating system they actually run. That’s how Microsoft’s business has been engineered for a long time, namely taking options away. Speaking of which, Microsoft has just found another accomplice to assist with the Live@edu scam which imprisons students. █