Wednesday, January 31, 2007

China, Vista and the power of globalization

It is impressive to see the power of globalisation at work. Within hours of its launch pirate copies of Microsoft's new Vista can be obtained in China for the princely sum of $1.30.

That is some cost saving.

Pirated Windows Vista sold in China

Even as Microsoft's long anticipated operating system, Windows Vista, was launched for home users around the world yesterday, Chinese software pirates were hawking copies on the streets, AFP reported. Counterfeit copies were being sold for US$1.30 each, complete with Microsoft Office and anti-virus software, on the same day of the launch. The pirated Vista was labeled "the official version of the new generation operating system" and came with an identification code to download the software. Sellers said pirated copies of Vista had been available for several weeks before the launch.

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