Uh, what "low cost and/or free software" has "high costs"?
Generally speaking, if one sells one's product at a price less than the cost
of manufacture, one goes broke in short order.
First, there are several free newsreaders available for Windows, including
Free Agent. Gravity is quite nice. Google "free Windows newsreader" and
you should get a number of hits. Second, this discussion started by
someone complaining of not having the 30 bucks to pay for full Agent. That
is hardly an onerous price. Third, if it's Microsoft that's bugging you,
they provide a number of ways to get their software at very good discounts
if you know the right hoops to jump through. For a thousand bucks or so
you can get _everything_ they make other than games and hardware, all with
multiple licenses. For 300 you can get ten seats of everything likely to
be useful for a small business, with three shipments of new or updated
stuff in the next year and after that for 200 a year you can continue to
get the quarterly shipments. You can get many of their developer tools for
a free download. If you're a legitimate nonprofit you can get XP for 25
bucks for the first seat and 18 for each of the next 50--more than that
contact Microsoft directly.
And if that's too much for you then there is Open Source.
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