Recent heated topic.. Microsoft is implementing a new gimmick to tackle piracy [Microsoft articel] in United States, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia starting April 26. If you want to know more, some of the local bloggers already blogged about this, you can have a look here, here and here..
I am actually going to write something a bit controversial.. that despite all their effort, Microsoft actually support piracy.. in some sense.
It has been a while ago when I was having tea with someone (I think it’s James and KC) that we raised the issue of Microsoft actually don’t mind piracy to a certain extend especially among private users.
Their priority is to keep everyone using Windows platform from the very beginning of starting using a computer.
If everyone is familiar with Windows, when they started their working career they will need to use Microsoft Windows.. and the companies will have to supply the workers with Windows. Note that Microsoft is always strict with commercial Windows usage.
If Microsoft started to implement strict control on personal users, they could create a scenario that people will switch to other OS platform like Linux for example.
When people started to familiarize with other free platform, they could recommend to their employers that they don’t need to buy the expensive Windows.
The scenario could create a viral effect and in the end jeorpadize Microsoft revenue.
I am not talking blank, I have experience with real life cases. Last year I have a friend that started a company and needed some PC, well he went on to get the genuine Windows but was undecided on whether to get the Office package as well. I somehow recommended him to try the free OpenOffice and woolah, Microsoft lost 20 Office package because of my simple few lines.
Now WHAT IF I was familiar with Linux? I could have recommended my friend not to use Windows at all.
WHAT IF there are more than just a few people that are familiar with Linux and started recommending their friends and bosses to switch to free software?
When more and more people are using the free software, people might realize that Microsoft Windows is not a must in business.
Microsoft won’t want to see these scenarios, they don’t want any ‘IF’, not at all. The highest priority is everyone is using Windows, and the 2nd priority is to get them using a genuine software.
Anyhow despite Microsoft’s bit of tolerance against piracy, I am not encouraging piracy at all.. please support genuine softwares.