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: 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