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MS Vista achives success...
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 04 December 2007 11:25

December 3, 2007 8:28 PM PST

 ...In the only terms that seem to matter to them!

 Microsoft: Vista piracy rate is half that of XP
Posted by Ina Fried
C/Net News

Microsoft said Monday that it's seeing piracy rates for Windows Vista that are half those of Windows XP.
Now cynical me wanted to write this up as "even pirates prefer XP two to one over Vista," but that wouldn't be fair. In reality, the decline in piracy rates is largely due to the fact that Vista is much tougher to fake than XP.

"Piracy rates are lower because it's harder," Microsoft Vice President Mike Sievert said in an interview Monday.

There are a variety of reasons for that, including the fact that businesses no longer have volume license keys that can be used to activate an unlimited number of machines. Another is the fact that Vista machines that aren't properly activated pretty quickly become basically unusable once they enter "reduced functionality mode."

For Microsoft, the gains have been significant. In its last earnings call, Microsoft said that five percentage points of Windows growth could be attributed to gains in piracy.

Interestingly, though, Microsoft makes the experience a little less harsh for those running pirated versions of Vista. With Service Pack 1, Microsoft is doing away with reduced functionality mode in favor of putting prominent notifications on systems that are not found to be genuine.... More     Comment in the Forums
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