The 22% piracy rate may seem huge, but according to other research, it really isn’t that bad. According to the BSA, 35 percent of the world’s software is pirated, which would put Windows below the average rate of piracy, although when you add those who did not install WGA, it may be much closer to the average.
“According to BetaNews, since WGA launched in July 2005, over 512 million users have attempted to validate their copy of Windows and 22.3 percent have been bogus.
Microsoft says that that by helping users discover that their Windows copy was counterfeit, WGA would result in punters opting to become legal or report the bogus software. ”
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- MSN password stealer released as torrent @ The Register
- Apple plugs zero-day QuickTime flaw @ CNET
- After the honeymoon: the PlayStation 3 @ Ars Technica
- Monitor panel prices may fall below costs again in February @ DigiTimes
- Open Linux Router Project Announced @ Phoronix
- Windows Vista Version Comparison @ Techgage
- Fans For Folding Give Away @ Bigbruin
- Win Loyd Case’s Old PC! @ ExtremeTech