Software giant Microsoft Corp. might have showed compassion this summer when it softened its demand that schools perform mandatory software audits. But in continuing to insist that original operating system (OS) licenses must accompany all school computers running Windows, the company still imposes an unfair hardship on disadvantaged schools, some ed-tech leaders say.

The controversy stems from complications encountered when schools accept donations of refurbished computers. Although businesses and other organizations are eager to unload free computers onto needy beneficiaries, Microsoft recommends that schools never accept such gifts unless the proper OS licenses are included...

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