Published on September 20th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


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



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Steven has been around the tech world long enough to see most of the stuff we think of cool happen before which leads to a certain bit of cynicism that has contributed to him being known as the cranky old fart of the Internet. Besides sharing some of the goodness that he finds with you here at 42x you can also find him curating some digital goodness at Winextra (tech type stuff) and Rotten Gumdrops (for your daily dose of WTF).

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