"However, most see Microsoft's move as a response to both the
threat Linux poses to its core business, as well as piracy.
"Analyst Joe Wilcox from Jupiter Research commented: 'It's about
time Microsoft starting thinking this way; too bad that it really
took the competitive threat posed by Linux for Microsoft to do
right by customers. I would argue that overseas, particularly in
Asia, Microsoft and other software vendor pricing structures
contribute to software piracy...'"
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