The Ethical Significance of Expectations and the Case of Microsoft Office Accounting

Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology 4 (2) (2010)
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Abstract

Late 2009, the Microsoft Corporation terminated its sales, distribution and upgrading of Microsoft Office Accounting. This article presents an ethical analysis of the way in which Microsoft Corporation effected its decision to withdraw the product with special emphasis on how consumer expectations were formed, maintained and handled throughout the lifecycle of the accounting software in question. The analysis proceeds from initial reflections on and arguments for the ethical significance of consumer expectations – an area which has until recently only received little attention in moral analysis.

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