Microsoft grants Indonesia amnesty on pirated software

By Derek Sooman on
Microsoft has launched a program in Indonesia that will grant amnesty on pirated versions of its Windows OS used on government computers. Up to 50,000 computers running illegal versions of Microsoft software will be legalized, with Indonesia paying one dollar per installation. In return for this, Indonesia will promise to purchase authorized Microsoft merchandise in the future. It will also have to take part in a crackdown on pirated software.

"Microsoft is being realistic. They can't force developing countries like us to solely use legal software since we can't afford it. They want us to gradually reduce our use of it," - Information Minister Sofyan Djalil.

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