Microsoft study reveals a third of all software is counterfeit

By Shawn Knight
Mar 27, 2013
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  1. A recent white paper released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) on behalf of Microsoft revealed that roughly 33 percent of all software is counterfeit. The paper further highlights the fact that issues related to counterfeit software like identity theft,...

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 702   +165

    It's all about downloading from VIP/Trusted users rather than the obvious shady links
  3. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    I think it is bogus that 33% of all software is counterfeit. Just another ploy from MS to add more stringent controls on using their software.
    who would be stupid enough to use counterfeit software at any price.
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Guru Posts: 620   +118

    Lots of small business who are extremely strapped for cash would jump for low cost or free software if they are poorly informed.
  5. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    So does this study includes windows 8 purchased from counterfeit windows 7 during the windows 8 discounted promo period allegedly to pad up actual windows 8 legit sales? :)

    tbh, I believe that most people pirate windows OS.
    at least 4 of my cousins pirate windows 7.
    many of my friends pirate windows xp/vista/7 too.
    sad thing is they have more income than me and I'm the one using legit windows 7/8.
    funny thing is I use legit windows products but use the cheapest tech gadgets I could buy.
  6. Took me forever to track down the link.

    This is a 'global' analysis - developed countries use much less pirated/counterfeit. Much more piracy in countries where the average daily income is less than a small fraction of the "manufacturer's price".

    Interesting that vectors can include pirated software on system when purchased.

    The economics look like you save on the software license cost, but pay it back 2x-3x from the damage recovery if you get clobbered by malware. (Of course, this is not really the case in some countries, where you could work for a month on fixing your box and still come out ahead).

    So if you do the foolish thing, you pay more.

    Since I don't, the only time I've caught an infection was buying parts for the lawnmower - from a small outfit which didn't protect their website well enough.

    Ah, the internet - Wild, Woolly & Wonky.
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,293   +55

    I never use pirated windows as it is the backbone of the system. I know someone who pirated win 7 when they had vista, and never had any problem. Is pirate the same as counterfeit? Not in all cases. 90% of the people of China pirated windows in the win 7 and earlier scenario. I don't know about win 8. Now EU is suing Microsoft about UEFI in yesterday's Techspot article (which prevented pirating), so I guess they will be pirating win 8 and beyond. I know Bill Gates net worth increased from $50 billion to about $67 billion in the last few years. How is it that they can offer linux for free? I find less bugs in the free firefox over internet explorer. They never fix most of IE's bugs until they release a new IE, thus a new windows. Try writing html and see all the bugs. I think if microsoft wants to make more money, they should support their mercedez-benz products better, and not actually charge the user for debugging their software, which is essentially what they do.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    You don't realize just how stupid your comment is. People purchase counterfeit software and never know it.

    I once read an article where the author had installed Windows XP into a virtual machine. After installation the OS would not activate and after calling Microsoft, they had discovered their copy of Windows had been blacklisted as counterfeit. This was a copy of Windows that they had purchased on-line several years before and was not known to be counterfeit. You would think a technical writer would have known a bad source before hand. If a technical writer falls prey to these gimmicks, what chance does an average person have when making purchases?
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This is interesting. Pretty obvious though.
  10. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,441   +594

    When you charge criminal prices for a product you re-release every other year, what do you expect? Kudos to companies that switched to OpenOffice and Thunderbird.
  11. Also proves that DRM does not work.
  12. Buster Keaton

    Buster Keaton TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Therein lies the built-in checks and balances of using this stuff. There's the chance you will be harmed in some way.

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