Microsoft to officially distribute products in Iraq

The people of Iraq have suffered great hardship over the last several decades, thanks mostly to a number of wars, including two against the US, along with UN-mandated economic sanctions. Now the country is slowly starting to rebuild its infrastructure and its economy, and another new step in that process was announced on Monday when Microsoft revealed it has selected an official distributor for its products in Iraq.

BusinessWeek.com reports that in a press conference on Monday, Microsoft announced that it has picked Baghdad-based Legend Lands Co. to be its distribution partner in Iraq. Microsoft's manager of Business Development for Emerging Markets, Rajai S. El-Khadem, said during the press event, "This is a big step for Microsoft and for Iraq. As of today Microsoft will be officially and locally represented in Iraq...to provide Microsoft licenses, support and services for our clients and resellers."

While Microsoft may be moving into a new market, the company also knows that there is rampant software piracy in the Middle East. El-Khadem asked the Iraqi government to improve the country's existing laws to help protect Microsoft's property rights.

Legend Lands Co. is supposed to provide a wide variety of Microsoft products to sell in Iraq but specific products were not mentioned.

Source: Businessweek.com

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So when we in the US complain lack of jobs this is where you send more jobs too? We might be crazy but no way I would get a job for Microsoft with Microsoft in Iraq, its as crazy has getting a job in a hospital in Pakistan.

shadodemon said,
So when we in the US complain lack of jobs this is where you send more jobs too? We might be crazy but no way I would get a job for Microsoft with Microsoft in Iraq, its as crazy has getting a job in a hospital in Pakistan.

Umm... Read the article. It states that MS have given Legend Land Co distribution rights for Iraq. No where did it mention MS jobs being sent to Iraq, it just means more job opportunities for Iraqi citizens!

funkydude said,
This is a country in recovery... they'd be better off looking into free software not signing contracts with MS.

Try reading the article this isn't about the government signing contracts with Microsoft, it about a company there becoming a sanctioned distributor.

knighthawktfc said,

Try reading the article this isn't about the government signing contracts with Microsoft, it about a company there becoming a sanctioned distributor.

I thought he meant it figuratively, as in giving in to MS's liking of stricter laws whilst neglecting the people of the country.

Rereading it I think you interpreted it correctly though... Oh well...

GS:mac

"El-Khadem asked the Iraqi government to improve the country's existing laws to help protect Microsoft's property rights."

Surprised: -

The country is ripe for a little corporate exploitation so why no. Let's just send everyone over there to lobby the laws a bit to favour the mega-corporations.

rfirth said,
I don't see what's wrong with supporting property rights...

If one owns a piece of writable media (hard drive, optical disc, flash drive, etc.) they should be able to change their property to match whatever bits they want. In this case, the whole premise of intellectual property gives the right to a third-party to dictate what cannot be done with someone's private property.

"While Microsoft may be moving into a new market, the company also knows that there is rampant software piracy in the Middle East. El-Khadem asked the Iraqi government to improve the country's existing laws to help protect Microsoft's property rights."

Because when you're starving what else can feed you like a nice chunk of Windows 7 DVDs?
Only the original pressed DVDs come with 45% of vitamin c (daily dose), 23% of natrium, 12% fat and 90% of happy feelings!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Because when you're starving what else can feed you like a nice chunk of Windows 7 DVDs?

The majority of people in Iraq aren't starving or in poverty.

Countries with similar "poverty rates" are: Brazil, Argentina, India, Israel. (taking into account living costs in the respective countries). I'd now imagine Spain and Greece are also similar taking into account the last couple of years.

Edited by lt8480, May 29 2012, 8:49pm :