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bilateralrope
PostPosted: 2015-03-18 06:44pm 

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Microsoft tackles China piracy with free upgrade to Windows 10

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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software.

The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft to get legitimate versions of its software onto machines of the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China. Recent studies show that three-quarters of all PC software is not properly licensed there.

Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft's operating systems unit, announced the plan at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China.

"We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10," he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to "re-engage" with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration.

Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime "this summer". That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft's release history.

Microsoft said in January it would offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7 or later in an attempt to hold onto users and make up for lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet.

Microsoft is working with Lenovo Group Ltd, the world's biggest PC maker, to help roll out Windows 10 in China to current Windows users, Myerson said.

It also is offering Windows 10 through security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd, China's biggest social networking company, which will build a Windows 10 app that will work on smartphones and PCs for its popular QQ gaming and messaging service. QQ has more than 800 million users.

Lenovo said in a statement that it will make phones running Windows software, available through China Mobile, sometime later this year.

Microsoft also said it is working with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd [XTC.UL] - which generally uses a form of Google Inc's Android on its devices - to offer some customers a test version of Windows 10 on their smartphones."

(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Ken Wills)


This is an unusual move. But I can see the benefits.

Last I heard, pirated copies of Windows had difficulty getting updates. Which, if it's still true, would mean their machines are vulnerable to malware that uses security holes that Microsoft has closed for legitimate users. This move gets those computers updated, closing the holes and hopefully killing some botnets. So it's a good thing, and it's not like Microsoft was ever going to get those pirates to pay for Windows.
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Sea Skimmer
PostPosted: 2015-03-18 06:54pm 

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I dunno about Windows 8, but if you can't update your pirated Windows 7 you didn't do it right. Even if your activation key was already banned as known pirate material you can still get it going, crack it and do anything you damn well please from then on.

I saw in another article that this upgrade path is free only for the first year, so in reality this is just a desperate attempt to avoid a wary public engaging slow adaption that could threaten the entire future of Windows that was already so damaged by 8.

Mainly though this is just a logical outgrowth of the desire of Microsoft to create a walled garden in which it can take a cut off all products sold for the platform, ensuring a more stable long term revenue base, while requiring no real long term investment to support the platform.

Another basic issue behind this would seem to be that Microsoft may have finally figured out that its pricing policy is completely stupid in technical terms. They charge the most for the versions most wanted by the people most able to engage in effective piracy. Meanwhile the much cheaper austere versions have historically been lacking so many features they can manage to inconvenience even casual 'I need email' levels of users.
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General Zod
PostPosted: 2015-03-19 01:34pm 

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This article is leaving out a pretty big chunk of information.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10 ... ed-copies/

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With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade.
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Alyeska
PostPosted: 2015-03-19 07:11pm 

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General Zod wrote:
This article is leaving out a pretty big chunk of information.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10 ... ed-copies/

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With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade.


The article left nothing out. Microsoft waited 24 hours before making that clarification.
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