Microsoft’s policy of allowing piracy in China backfires

During a speech at the University of Washington in 1998, Bill Gates said:

“About 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

Now that China is addicted to Windows, Microsoft is indeed coming to collect, but thanks to Linux their plan could backfire, badly.

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