If Microsoft was to turn these products loose what would be the penalty to the company? Maybe a few lost sales, but the goodwill and good karma from doing something so positive and constructive with "lifed-out" product lines would be of enormous benefit to society, not to mention to Microsoft's image.
Alas, it's a nice idea, but I doubt whether it will ever happen. While great responsibility might come with great power, not everyone is willing to step up and be counted.
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