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Microsoft slings multiple sue balls at resellers

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| Microsoft yesterday filed suits against software dealers based in the US,
| Canada, Egypt and the Netherlands including Pronet Cyber Technologies Inc,
| A&S Electronics Inc, CietDirect.com LLC and A&S Electronics Inc.
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http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...ellers_piracy/

It doesn't inspire much confidence. Microsoft has for a long time relied on
copyrights infringement, by its own admission.


Days ago:

Ajman in coordination with Microsoft Gulf

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| Microsoft Gulf in collaboration with Ajman authorities has announced that it
| has recently conducted two raids against IT resellers who were selling
| products with unlicensed Microsoft software in the emirate of Ajman.
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http://www.albawaba.com/en/countries/UAE/226796


Recent:

Microsoft sees slide in profits

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7366106.stm


Microsoft Profit Drops; Forecast May Miss Estimates

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| The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24
| percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end
| of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from
| chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines
| Corp.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft declined $1.60 to $30.20 in extended trading after closing at
| $31.80 at 4 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has
| fallen 11 percent this year.
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...efer=worldwide


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
|
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.
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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Micro...cy-50577.shtml


Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
|
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.
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http://observer.guardian.co.uk/busin...956941,00.html
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