Indian government urges Microsoft to reduce Windows 10 price in response to cyber attack
According to the report, Microsoft India officials have “agreed in principle” to the request of the Indian government
Large-scale cyber attacks are plaguing computer systems around the world, and recent petty attacks have hit India hard. In the wake of all the chaos, the Indian government is in talks with Microsoft to reduce the cost of the Windows 10 operating system. A Reuters report said Microsoft India officials had “agreed in principle” to the government’s request. Gulshan Rai, India’s cybersecurity coordinator, told Reuters that the whole system would be a one-time upgrade offer for Windows 10. Therefore, it is suggested that Microsoft’s latest operating system be available across India at a discounted price.
Although Rai did not say anything specific about the price, he did mention that the OS could be made available at less than 75% of the current price. If the deal goes through, it will not only help small businesses that rely on the Windows platform, but also help those who are hesitant to invest in the operating system due to the high price tag.
In addition, the government has worked with banks to ensure that most ATMs in the country have been updated with the latest security patches released by Microsoft following the Wana Cry attack. However, this is an intermediate solution because most of these ATMs run on Windows XP, which is still not as secure as the current Windows 10 platform.
Excluding vulnerabilities and cyber-attacks, if Microsoft agrees to sell Windows 10 software in India, it could mean that more countries send similar requests to the Redmond-based software giant.