Microsoft’s Chinese Folly

“No less than Bill Gates himself said in a recent Fortune
article that Microsoft competes better against in China when
there’s piracy than when there isn’t. So, Microsoft actively looks
the other way as people pirate its software. It builds its market
share that way, and lets people get used to the idea of having
Windows at a certain price.

“Then, Microsoft decides one day that it just won’t do, and it
shows up on people’s computers to harass them into buying its


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