Everyone wants 'free' Windows and sneakers

Everyone wants 'free' Windows and sneakers

Summary: Research by a piracy-prevention consultancy, reports Silicon.com's Sylvia Carr, shows that software ranks second among the most popular categories of counterfeited goods, and that Microsoft is the top IT brand to be pirated.

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Research by a piracy-prevention consultancy, reports Silicon.com's Sylvia Carr, shows that software ranks second among the most popular categories of counterfeited goods, and that Microsoft is the top IT brand to be pirated. (Among all categories of pirated brands, Microsoft came in second behind Nike.) No surprise, then, that Microsoft customers looking to get the latest add-ons to Windows will now have to verify that their copy of the operating system is legit.

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  • And a fine thing that is, too

    I for one welcome our new ...

    Start over.

    Looks like MS is finally going to get paid for those billions of copies of MSWindows running in China, India, Brazil, etc.

    That, or the machines in question won't run current versions of MS software. I suspect that all things considered, what will happen is that the users will simply not update.

    I'm not too fond of that even if Bill Gates prefers them to pirate his software rather than use someone else's legitimately.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Tricky topic

    First of all, no one should ever have to give anything away. In this situation, there may be some consequences.

    3rd world countries will either be ripe for infection because of unpatched windows or they will move to a free alternative. Microsoft will need to consider this.
    george_ou
    • George, they can still get security updates...

      Just not all the neat extras like Movie Maker or PhotoStory.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Neat?

        "Just not all the neat extras like Movie Maker or PhotoStory."

        Wow, the first time I've seen those programs described as neat.
        Love your sense of humour:-)
        Richard Flude
    • Frankly..

      Anyone who rips off software deserves to be infected by all sorts of malware.

      If my software was being stolen to the extent Microsoft's is, I would not be nearly so generous..
      d_jedi
    • It's not that easy

      to 'move to a free alternative'. It requires massive investment and retraining.
      Real World
  • Not "free Windows", just "free OF Windows".

    It would be nice if I didn't have to jump thru hoops (i.e. "build my own") to get a new PC without Windows installed on it. And to receive the saving of NOT BUYING Windows too.

    So MS clamping down on piracy like this must be a good thing, because surely this means an end to their specious "naked PCs encourage piracy" argument.
    Zogg
  • hoping they'll come back

    just as you described, the massive re-training and costs involved may just make buying windows the smart alternative to linux, or whatever. Bill is counting on the "try before you buy" effect, and hopes he has "hooked" a generation on his products, otherwise, "here's linux!!!"
    pesky_z