Microsoft Knows Most PC Owners Are Using Illegal Windows, But Why It’s Still Not Taking Action – Technology News, Firstpost
FP explainersJune 01, 2022 17:36:24 IST
A 2018 survey reported that at least 91 percent of PC users in India are using a pirated copy of Windows. Even when buying a new PC or laptop with Windows preinstalled, 80-85 percent of the time, the user gets a pirated copy of the operating system. The interesting thing here is that Microsoft is well aware of this fact, as well as the numbers behind it.
You might imagine that given how strict and litigious most tech companies are about using their products without the proper license, companies like Microsoft would send such users suspension requests or have them sue them outright for piracy. In fact, Microsoft can immediately block the use of your PC or laptop in such a way that it simply won’t boot to the desktop.
The reality, however, is very different. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t really care if a PC user is using a pirated copy of Windows. Why is it anyway?
In fact, Microsoft relies on you to use a copy of pirated Windows, as long as it is in fact a Windows operating system that you choose, unlike any other alternative.
Well, that is as long as the PC in question and the user are using the operating system for personal use. In an interview, Bill Gates, when he was the CEO, president, and chief software architect at Microsoft, once stated that as long as people steal software and use pirated operating systems, we want them to steal ours.
The idea behind this thinking is that if Microsoft allows private users to use a pirated copy of Windows, there is a good chance that both the people who learn about computers and children will develop their computer skills around a Windows system.
Likewise, if they turn a blind eye to schools and educational institutions that use illegal windows, they will have a generation of computer users whose preferred operating system is Windows.
Now, when such a person joins the workforce and has to use a computer, they will have to provide their employees with a machine with Windows on it, despite the fact that there are countless free, open source operating systems.
Microsoft actually takes Windows piracy very seriously, if it is perpetrated by a company or company. They send messages, even to non-profit organizations, when they discover that computers used in the company are using illegal Windows. In such a case, the company 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 machine their operating system is installed on. This is where Microsoft makes most of its money from software sales.