is taking the fight to the counterfeiters. The Redmond, Washington based
company announced that it is filing 20 lawsuits against US resellers that are
illegally distributing copies of Microsoft software. The companies under fire
are accused of distributing counterfeit operating systems and accompanying
software by using hard-disk loading (selling a customer or business a computer
with pre-installed, unlicensed software).
Microsoft also announced the results of its forensic
analysis of counterfeit copies of Windows XP from 17 different countries. Not
surprisingly, the discs studied either didn't install or were loaded with
additional content not officially sanctioned by Microsoft. According to
Of the 348 disks studied:Thirty-four percent of the counterfeit copies Forty-three percent had additional programs, or binary code, that are not part of genuine Microsoft Windows.Of the remaining 228 disks:Sixty-six percent had additional programs, or binary code, that are not part of genuine Microsoft Windows.More than 40 percent of these added software programs or binaries had faults, and many included illegally created product keys, other tampered code, or code invisible to the user.
Of the 348 disks studied:
Of the remaining 228 disks:
Microsoft has fought long and hard over the years against
software piracy. The company ruffled a few feathers in the industry when it
introduced a new activation scheme with its Windows XP operating system in
2001. Over the years, Microsoft has added additional features to combat piracy
or let customers know if they have become a victim of counterfeiting. The
Windows Genuine Advantage Program came under fire in June after it was found
out that it was "phoning
home" to Microsoft. Despite Microsoft's scramble to release an
updated version of the software, two lawsuits followed
after the initial discovery.
quote: If Microsoft pulled the kind of integration that Apple has with iTunes, the iTunes Music Store, and OSX, it would be faced with eleventybillion lawsuits within a week
quote: people would sue for any small thing at all if they made their own complete systems
quote: This is why if you go to the company store or website for some companies, you pay full list price, where other outlets may charge considerably less.
quote: part of MS's sales agreement with Dell and other hardware producers is that they won't compete in a hardware environment
quote: The only reason they have the Xbox is to sell the games.
quote: First they would a have to much sure the OS runs perfectly on it. That easy to do if they decide not to make sure the other hardware out thier works.
quote: So to make perfect PC, MS would be killing 80% of the hardware vendors. Basicly they woulb be just like the MACs.
quote: Also you saw what happened to IBM when they tried the same thing.
quote: The hardware people decided IBM should not rule what hardware is used in what system and they support MS over IBM and then the new beast was made. If MS did the same thing linux or someone else was over take them pretty quick.
quote: MS is smart in staying out of the hardware business
quote: What does Microsoft stand to gain? According to your logic, a very niche market appeal for proffessionals who probably know how to build their own PCs or would mass order for much cheaper from Dell.
quote: Also for the certified hardware, they already have that in the form of Windows Vista Ready machines.
quote: Also for individual parts, according to your logic, all someone would need to do is look at the registry to see which parts are automatically supported to nulify any MS modified OS.
quote: One thing you forgot about Apple, is that you cannot have Mac OS without buying the OS and the system together from Apple. Microsoft would have to stop selling their OS to all other OEMs in order for this business model of exclusivity to work.
quote: Also then you will have all the Anti-Trust and infringement lawsuits coming in droves, all for something that is not critical or needed to maintain a profit for MS from Vista. Can you imagine what the EU would have to say about this then
quote: Obviously, Apple exists so there is a market, but if that is the market they are targeting they are basically entering an already saturated market. Not only would Microsoft have to compete against a very strong player in that specific market, but they would have to start from nothing and work up. I can bet Apple has placed a lot of safeguards in this market to prevent something like this from happening.
quote: Microsoft would have to either buy a company already doing what the plan on marketing or start from scratch. Considering there are no other competitors other than Apple, they have to start from scratch, which by the way, is very, very expensive.
quote: Now what do you get in return? Part of Apple's share and not a really big one at that. Apple at most has taken 5% of the market, if Microsoft competes with them and does well they might get 20% of that 5. That's not a lot of money.
quote: Three, potential lawsuits and antitrust.
quote: Apple destroyed their clones years ago, whose to say MS wouldn't do the same?
quote: Microsoft is a software company that happens to do a few other things on the side. Adding computers may make them lose focus and profitability. Take a look at Disney or even Sony. These companies went too far and lost focus. Diversification is good, but not too much.
quote: that is why Microsoft doesn't make computers, in the end it is not worth it to them
quote: Before the I-Pod came into being, Apple's profit margins were steadily declining on its OS+PC combo sales
quote: Apple "Boot Camp" could be increasing the sales of Mac systems as users can now buy one PC and be able to boot OSX and if they choose to do so, Windows