Software licensing issue unsettled

Microsoft Australia and Victoria-based charity PCs for Kids remain at loggerheads over software licences on the recycled computers which the charity supplies to schools.

Microsoft Australia and Victoria-based charity PCs for Kids remain at loggerheads over software licences on the recycled computers which the charity supplies to schools.

The software company this week offered $65,000 worth of "technological assistance" to PCs for Kids and other organisations in Geelong, saying it was committed to helping the less fortunate. But it turned down a request from PCs For Kids for 2300 software licences worth $A400,000.

PCs For Kids founder Colin Bayes welcomed the "kind gesture" but said he "was ashamed at this half-hearted offer by Microsoft and [I] urge all to call Microsoft and voice your concern." The charity believes having to buy new OS and application licences for the donated PCs which it refurbishes means Microsoft is "double dipping".

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