Published on September 20th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson0
Microsoft Products Suffer Massive Piracy By China’s State Run Businesses – Asked To Stop
We’re all read at some point some press release from Microsoft about how bad its products like Windows and Office are pirated around the world; and for the most part we shrug and carry on to the next news item.
However a new report out from Bloomberg today shows that there is some serious money involved in this piracy in China and the worst culprits appear to be state run business as seen by these stats:
- China National Petroleum Corp (CNCP): 40% piracy of Windows Server and Microsoft Office
- China Railway Construction: 84% piracy of Microsoft Office
- China Post: 93% piracy of Microsoft Office
- TravelSky: nearly complete Microsoft Office piracy
It is so bad that Microsoft has asked China to stop using pirated copies of the company’s software at those four state run companies and when you have a company like CNPC earning north of $240 billion you would think that paying up for legal copies of software wouldn’t be much of a problem since they probably would get a hellva deal from Microsoft.
You have to admit as well, regardless of your bias for or against Microsoft, that these figures if accurate are ridiculous and that Microsoft has every reason to be complaining.
via The Next Web