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How software piracy opens doors for Microsoft

April 20, 2006 by  

I find this interesting article at LATimes.com which talks about how software piracy actually help Microsoft seeds the world with Windows and Office.

Microsoft Corp. estimates it lost about $14 billion last year to software piracy — and those may prove to be the most lucrative sales never made.

Although the world’s largest software maker spends millions of dollars annually to combat illegal copying and distribution of its products, critics allege — and Microsoft acknowledges — that piracy sometimes helps the company establish itself in emerging markets and fend off threats from free open-source programs.

Read full story: How Piracy Opens Doors for Windows

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