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Pirates – Microsoft wants you

Microsoft doesn’t want you to pirate their software, but if you must choose between illegally installing Windows or a competitor’s operating system, Microsoft would prefer that you choose them. While the company obviously won’t endorse the illegal use of software, it does believe that piracy can result in profit.

At the Morgan Stanley Technology conference last week in San Francisco, Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes commented on the benefits of software counterfeiting. “If they’re going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else,” he said. “We understand that in the long run the fundamental asset is the installed base of people who are using our products. What you hope to do over time is convert them to licensing the software.”

Nothing particularly groundbreaking about this – I just thought it was funny that they’re almost wanting you to pirate their software. 🙂

And apparently that having more market share is apparently more important than people using their software illegally.


[via Ars Technica]

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One Comment

  1. Lee wrote:

    Ok, so are MS going to just “play dumb” if they catch you using illegal software, so long as you don’t mention any alternatives (note: i have neve ever ever said linux, proimise). Seems absolutely insane!

    Now if they are saying this, why the hell don’t they just get rid of WGA, and activation!

    Or at least drop prices, significantly, Please 🙂

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 19:41 | Permalink |

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