Microsoft Wants You to Pirate Windows

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Microsoft business group president Jeff Raikes wants you to pirate Microsoft products. Actually, he'd rather you not steal software at all, but if you do, Microsoft wants you to steal from them. Why?

Because if you pirate a product, you're more likely to become attached, and dependent, on the software. Once you're locked in, you're more likely to purchase it, which is what Microsoft wants. This information fits with the Windows Genuine Advantage and all the Vista anti-piracy software if once you consider Jeff's notion that Microsoft does want to crack down but not so much that piraters turn elsewhere for their goods.

What should you take away from this? That Microsoft wants you to pirate their stuff. Have at it.


If You're Going To Steal Software, Steal From Us: Microsoft Exec [Information Week via TechDirt]