Software piracy is the biggest concern for top software makers in countries like India and China. The former loses about $2.8 billion every year because of piracy.
The current hot sale in the software market is Windows 7 and those cds are sold for as less than Rs.50 per dvd.The full version of Windows 7 software available with black marketers does not even require a key, which is a 16 character alphanumeric unique number that comes with an officially purchased software. Many customers are cheated by being given the Windows7 beta version and the Windows7 RC(release candidate), which will expire on June 2010 and therein the computers would shutdown every 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, a Microsoft India spokesman cautioned customers against buying pirated software. “The battle against piracy is an on-going one. A recent report by KPMG states that at least 60% of pirated software comes with malware,” he said.
Approximate cost of Windows 7 editions in India :
Windows 7 Home Basic – Rs. 5,899
Windows 7 Home Premium – Rs. 6,799
Windows 7 Professional – Rs. 11,199
Windows 7 Ultimate – Rs. 11,799