A 2018 study found that at least 91 percent of PC users in India use a Pirated copy of Windows. Even if one buys a new PC or laptop with Windows preinstalled, 80-85 percent of the time the user will receive a pirated copy of the operating system. The interesting thing is that Microsoft is well aware of this fact and the numbers behind it.
One would imagine that given the strict and cantankerous policies of most technology companies regarding the use of their products without a proper license, companies like Microsoft would send such users cease and desist letters or outright prosecuted them for piracy. In fact, Microsoft can instantly block your PC or laptop from being used in such a way that it simply won’t boot into the desktop.
However, the reality is very different. In fact, Microsoft now doesn’t care if a PC user is using pirated Windows. But why is it?
That’s because Microsoft relies on you using a copy of pirated Windows as long as it’s actually the Windows operating system you choose, as opposed to any other alternative.
Well, as long as the PC in question and the user are using the OS for personal use. In fact, when Bill Gates was CEO, President, and Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, he once stated in an interview that as long as people steal software and use pirated operating systems, we want them to steal ours.
The idea behind this thought is that if Microsoft allows home users to use a pirated copy of Windows, chances are that people learning about computers, as well as children, will develop their computer skills around a Windows system.
Similarly, if they turn a blind eye to schools and educational institutions that use pirated windows, they will have a generation of computer users whose operating system of choice is Windows.
Now, if such a person joins the workforce and needs to use a computer, they must provide their employees with a computer running Windows, even though there are tons of free, open-source operating systems.
Microsoft actually takes Windows piracy very seriously when committed by any company or corporation. They send out alerts, even to non-profit organizations, when they find out that computers used in the company are running pirated Windows. In such a case, the business or company has to pay for a legitimate Windows license, which Microsoft is happy to customize, both in terms of the services needed and the fee for each computer on which their operating system is installed. This is where Microsoft actually comes in makes most of his money from software sales.
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