More than 8,300 counterfeit versions of Microsoft software have been found installed in various UK businesses since July last year, the software giant has reported.
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Microsoft’s anti-piracy unit said that illegal software use was a growing problem in medium-sized businesses.
However, the company said its Keep IT Real anti-piracy programme had prompted a 3.8% drop in Windows XP piracy rates.
A report published last week by Gfk NOP for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) also illustrated the issue of illegal software.
The report found that 41% of small and medium sized businesses in the UK don’t understand what could be at risk by using unlicensed or illegal software.
Microsoft started its Keep IT Real initiative to create greater awareness among businesses and individuals about the dangers involved in unlawful applications and how to ensure their purchases are above board.
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