Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chinese Computer Users Unhappy With Microsoft

Not for the usual reasons, but because Microsoft is using its Genuine Advantage software to politely remind users of pirated copies of Windows XP that they're violating the law.

The letter seems to have done little to reduce consumers' ire. "I don't need you tell me if it's genuine or not. Because I know. It's pirated. The key is that I cannot afford to buy genuine. If you reduce the price, then it's easier for me to accept," wrote one anonymous poster commenting on Sina's publication of the open letter, only identifying his or her location as "Hangzhou, Zhejiang province."

The issue has also taken on a bit of a nationalist tone. "Whether it's genuine or pirated is not the issue. The most important issue is, can China have its own software?" wrote another poster, only identifying his or her location as "Anhui province."

If you can't afford Windows, switch to Linux, it's free. As for China developing its own software, good idea. Stop stealing the fruits of other countries' science.

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