Microsoft: More Educated Consumers Pirate Less

While piracy is one thing that is unlikely to be gone from the software industry any time soon, Microsoft is expressing an attitude that shows the company is more confident against the problem than ever.

Besides its WGA protection schemes, Microsoft says that an educated IT market is what's helping curb piracy. Speaking at a Windows 7 launch in the Philippines, Microsoft Philippines Inc., managing director John Bessey said, "We were surprised by the demand for Windows 7 [in the Philippines] not just in number but also the good feedback for new users," according to Philstar.

Bessey said that Microsoft was devoting more resources to making the public aware of the dangers in using pirated and cracked versions of Windows, which might be more susceptible to viruses and malware.

Of course, discounted licenses and upgrades are also good ways to entice users to go legit.

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  • redgarl
    More you know about computers, more likely you are to do some piracy there and there...

    I was using a lot of pirated software in the past... but it isn't the case anymore. None of my software are illegal.

    I got Windows XP and Vista 64 with MSDNAA... both legal...

    And I only use freeware now for all my needs.

    Open Office
    AVG free edition
    Gimp
    CCCP (codec pack)
    File Shredder
    Crap Cleaner
    Ashampoo Burner
    Daemon Tool Lite

    I really try to fill my needs with freewares since they do the exact same job, sometime even better than their commercial alternatives. It's my way to protest against commercials rip-off suite costing a fortune for nothing of interest. For example... Nero is now a monster over 2GB... it's big, clumsy and inferior over free alternatives.
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  • Honis
    By "educated" they mean scared.
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    ...making the public aware of the dangers in using pirated and cracked versions of Windows, which might be more susceptible to viruses and malware
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  • FoShizzleDizzle
    "Educate users" to pirate less? I am not supporting pirating but I'm afraid that what they really mean is "scare users" into pirating less by blowing the dangers as far out of proportion as possible.

    While I don't condone pirating I have a hard time condemning them as well. Hundreds of dollars to upgrade an OS, and it can only be installed on one machine? Perhaps making it so users aren't limited to legally installing a copy of a license to only one machine is a good way to make users go legit.
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  • Honis
    By "educated" they mean scared.
    Quote:
    ...making the public aware of the dangers in using pirated and cracked versions of Windows, which might be more susceptible to viruses and malware
    .
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  • Manos
    So he is calling a huge % of internet users uneducated morrons? MS you re ruining it for me now.. Too much actually. :p

    Never know though. Since noone would tell them the truth about pirating or not in order to get stats they must be getting form somewhere ( most liekly random crapatalk but anyhow.. ) so its inhouse their own relatives statistics. I cant find another way to explain how they know as much.
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  • ubernoobie
    One of my friends have pirated win7 and he learned how to update even though it says it's not geniune
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