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Microsoft cracks down on XP pirates

Antony Savvas

Microsoft said it has reduced Windows XP piracy rates in the UK from 17% to 12% in the seven months since it launched its Keep IT Real campaign this February.

Out of this campaign came the Feet on the Street investigative teams, which have concentrated on visiting resellers.

And as part of the effort, Microsoft has discovered over 5,000 units of pirated software across 13 customer sites, and has uncovered seven illegal traders, all now being sued by Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Software Asset Management team are working with customers to audit the software licences they have, and the Feet on the Street team are working with the channel to smoke out resellers of counterfeit software.

The pirated software at customer sites included Windows, Office and Microsoft server software.


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