Sunday, August 5, 2007

Microsoft Rewards Chinese for Stealing

Microsoft Slashes Vista Price in China, Not in USA

By AARON BACK August 3, 2007 5:23 a.m.
BEIJING -- Microsoft Corp. slashed the price on its Windows Vista operating system in China by more than half, in a bid to lure buyers away from pirated versions of the software.
Beginning Aug. 1, Microsoft cut the retail price for its Vista Home Basic package to 499 yuan ($66) [$99.99 on Best Buy's US Website today] from 1,521 yuan, and its Vista Home Premium package to 899 yuan ($119) [$239.99 at Best Buy] on from 1,802 yuan, the company said in a statement.
The reduction will allow more household customers "to enjoy the legal version of Windows Vista," Microsoft said. The price cut is the latest tactic by the Redmond, Wash., software company in its efforts to spread legitimate products in the China market, which is a hotbed for software piracy.