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New York Times/CNET: New Microsoft Office faces dual obstacles

Mar 09, 2001, 16:49 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Technology trade groups the Business Software Alliance and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) estimate about 25 percent of business software used in the United States is pirated. Worldwide, the rate jumps to 36 percent, but in some of the most important growth markets, the rate is much higher."

"In China, for example, more than 90 percent of software is pirated. In some smaller markets, such as Vietnam, the piracy rate jumps to 98 percent."

"If you have factories in China ripping off Microsoft product, clearly this is a problem," Lucier said. "You have the Chinese government saying Windows is the tool of American imperialism and saying, 'We want our world to run on Red Flag Linux.' That's a serious problem for Microsoft."

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