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Microsoft is looking to give soldiers a little bit of a holiday morale boost by making a pretty big donation to dozens of USO centers around the world.

They plan to deliver 380 Xbox Kinect gaming systems to bases around the globe. Forty-two USO facilities will be getting the systems. These USO facilities provide soldiers services like phones, PCs, Wi-Fi, TVs and gaming stations. The 42 facilities that are receiving the 380 Kinect bundles support over 5 million troops and their families.

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I just think this is awesome. Say what you will about super monster mega-corporations. I can guarantee you that someone at Microsoft has a heart, and genuinely wants to improve the lives of the brave men and women who serve the United States. God bless you all! thumb.gif
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Microsoft is looking to give soldiers a little bit of a holiday morale boost by making a pretty big donation to dozens of USO centers around the world.
They plan to deliver 380 Xbox Kinect gaming systems to bases around the globe. Forty-two USO facilities will be getting the systems. These USO facilities provide soldiers services like phones, PCs, Wi-Fi, TVs and gaming stations. The 42 facilities that are receiving the 380 Kinect bundles support over 5 million troops and their families.
Source Link Here
I just think this is awesome. Say what you will about super monster mega-corporations. I can guarantee you that someone at Microsoft has a heart, and genuinely wants to improve the lives of the brave men and women who serve the United States. God bless you all! thumb.gif

Or, to be cynical, they're giving them out to get a PR boost and to expand the audience of the Kinect to improve software sales and get more people using it in general to spur more sales of the hardware itself.
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Or, to be cynical, they're giving them out to get a PR boost and to expand the audience of the Kinect to improve software sales and get more people using it in general to spur more sales of the hardware itself.

Well of course its all a PR thing. When was the last time anyone did anything for no actual gain; especially a company.
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Or, to be cynical, they're giving them out to get a PR boost and to expand the audience of the Kinect to improve software sales and get more people using it in general to spur more sales of the hardware itself.

Phaedrus, maybe you consider me idealistic, but I really believe that people are good at heart. I don't think MIcrosoft did this as a PR stunt. I truly think that there's someone in their company who cares about the men and women in uniform.

It's like that story a year or so ago when Apple gave a hundred iPhones to victims of the tornadoes in Joplin. WE should applaud corporations for being generous.
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Wasn't MS the one of the biggest contributors to the The latest Linux kernel
http://nwlinux.com/microsoft-increases-participation-to-linux-kernel-development/


sure they aren't *Google* I mean Angels, but they have been getting better over the last few years.
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Phaedrus, maybe you consider me idealistic, but I really believe that people are good at heart. I don't think MIcrosoft did this as a PR stunt. I truly think that there's someone in their company who cares about the men and women in uniform.
It's like that story a year or so ago when Apple gave a hundred iPhones to victims of the tornadoes in Joplin. WE should applaud corporations for being generous.

I understand altruism. Really. It's just that when you bring in large profit-minded corporations of thousands of people, altruism doesn't tend to flourish...
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Say what you will, but this is a great gesture. Ms or not. Our usos have beat down equipment. Nice to have some new stuff
    
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Can't we just say they are doing it because they care? Everything will be better then. smile.gif
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The 42 facilities that are receiving the 380 Kinect bundles support over 5 million troops and their families.

that's like 1 xbox between 13000+ troops thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

Sure they won't be all using it at the same time, and sure maybe not all of them like to game, but considering the amount of $ Microsoft makes, it's a joke - but better than nothing.
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You give and you're out for PR, you give too little and you're a greedy sob, you give too much and nobody says a word and it gets forgotten.
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