A competitor has announced that they are now offering the Windows version of their software to their DOS users free of charge. Beyond the disrespect this shows those former DOPS users who have paid for the Windows version, there is the broader issue of the value of the software. The move suggests that they see the software as having no commercial value. Unless, with the move the introduce a annual licence fee – this is where people considering such a free software deal need to be very careful.

No, I don’t believe this deal as pitched.