Let There Be Microsoft Piracy! RRS feed

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  • Microsoft is a supporter of Microsoft software products piracy. That sounds a tad redundant, I know, but it is nothing short of the truth. While some users might be temped to deploy counterfeit software, the Redmond Company would rather have them pirate Microsoft products instead of anything else. So the next time you find yourselves thinking about copying, deploying and using bootlegged software, give Microsoft a chance. By the looks of it, they'll really appreciate it.

    “If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else,” revealed Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes, at the Morgan Stanley Technology conference in San Francisco. “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.”

    This is not to say that Microsoft supports piracy, or that it encourages users to pirate their software products. However, for the Redmond Company, a user that chooses to use Microsoft pirated software over anything else is a case of the lesser evil. Raikes' statement is not an endorsement of the usage of Microsoft counterfeit software, but instead it represents an insight into the Redmond Company's strategy with pirated products.

    All users of pirated Microsoft software are potential customers for the Redmond Company. Once you are hooked, even if the first “dose” is pirated, then the company can simply reel you in, and turn your Microsoft addiction into profit.

    “You want to push towards getting legal licensing, but you don't want to push so hard that you lose the asset that's most fundamental in the business,” Raikes added.
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 12:41 PM


All replies

  • wat about this?
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 12:42 PM
  • it's the ms way to attract people towards its products, make them addict, and then get money from them to get license

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 6:01 PM
  • Nice one buddy... its like giving a free trial than to lure people to buy the product.. as many people use pirated windows but than they cannot update the security patches.. which leads to data loss n system instability.. where as the licensed people are safeguarded by it.. so even if people use pirated products, microsoft knows that it wont work too well for them and the potential customer can always become a actual customer ....
    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 6:07 PM
  • nice one m8 :) keep it up
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 4:08 AM
  • Interesting.. I was surprised at reading the title initially!!
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:40 PM
  • This is what makes microsoft product popular...
    Thursday, March 22, 2007 4:08 PM
  • good yaar
    Friday, March 23, 2007 9:32 AM
  • Are you sure about the info you provided here ???..... anyways an entertaining one... can bring a smile on any geek's face.. Wink
    Saturday, March 24, 2007 4:13 PM