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Microsoft looks to tackle software piracy

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| Kolkata, May 23 Microsoft has adopted a three-pronged approach to tackle the
| problem of software piracy, which accounted for losses of $48 billion
| globally in 2007.
|
| [...]
|
| He disagreed with the view that lowering the price of original software would
| help the industry address the issue appropriately.
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http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...2451780400.htm

Good news for Linux. They try to increase sales by pressuring people. It's a
sign of weakness.


Yesterday:

Vista selling well!?

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| Whatever drugs Steve Ballmer is on they must be very, very good.
|
| [...]
|
| Here are the cold hard facts. Microsoft reported on March 25th that its
| Windows sales had dropped 24% in the last quarter. For the same quarter, IDC
| said PC sales were up 15%. Now, I'm no financial wizard, but I do know a
| thing or two. Microsoft's Windows sales, to the best of my knowledge, have
| just suffered their hardest fall ever at the same time that PC sales were
| significantly up. This isn't just bad, this is absolutely horrible.
|
| Back in March, Microsoft CFO Charles Liddell actually had the chutzpah to say
| that the drop in Windows sales wasn't due to lackluster Vista sales. Instead,
| the problem was due to 'unlicensed' PC sales and the higher growth of
| emerging markets. If you can follow that logic and come up with the same
| conclusion he did, do let me know, because it makes no sense to me.
|
| If PCs are selling without Windows licenses attached to them that tells me
| that 1) Vista isn't selling and 2) desktop Linux is selling.
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/vista_selling_well


Recent:

Microsoft intensifies anti-piracy measures

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| While some businesses have learned the hard way that using pirated or
| counterfeit software is no laughing matter — by staring at a blank screen —
| others have started to look into alternative solutions. Linux, a free,
| open-source operating system that exists in numerous iterations, is a popular
| alternative.
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http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2...y-measures.php


Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.
|
| [...]
|
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
| * * *^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| revenue significantly."
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http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_9061263


Related:

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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