Microsoft to distribute Free Windows 7 to 54,000 Russian Schools

Microsoft will hand out free copies of Windows 7 to  schools in Russia, weaving off all installation limitations.

According to the Redmond company, the plan is to send free installation DVDs with Windows 7 to in excess of 54,000 Russian schools, by the end of April 2010. Delivery of the Windows 7 media will be done through the mail, in order to ensure that even the schools without an Internet connection will be able to access the operating system.

“We decided to free delivery in the Russian school of Windows 7 because we consider really important to give our students and teachers the opportunity to learn and work on the most modern software,” said Nikolai Pryanishnikov, president of Microsoft in Russia.

The free Windows 7 copies Microsoft will be sending to 54,000 Russian schools are time-bombed, and set to expire at the end of 2010.


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  1. Simon

    Why go to all that trouble if they’ve time-bombed it?

    It seems a waste to spend some much money on discs and then time-bomb it, unless they are going to offer the licenses for a discount price…

    That’s my 2 cents.

  2. SlyCooperFan1

    @Simon: So they can see what Microsoft has come up with, and when the time-bomb goes off, they’ll want to buy Windows 7 for themselves. It’s like the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta, in a way.

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