In response to to Ben's comments, on his site and on mine on my stupidity, his response is no less enlightening. The response 'whatever the market will bear' is a trite one because this statement assumes that markets work properly. If you come to Russia, you will realize, they don't. The fact remains that access to capital in Russia is next to impossible, so that foreign or companies with conncd former KGB) are the only ones that can buy Western software whereas this is impossible for local companies. It is true that the number of alernative applications for the Russian market is growing--though slowly. According to people who know much than me, they are doing this by charging very low licensing fees.
Posted by Aaron at May 13, 2004 03:05 PM