Only 244 copies of Genuine Windows Vista sold in China

Microsoft spent millions of dollars advertising its next generation OS 'Windows Vista' in China, in fact the IT juggernaut threw up the biggest Vista Ad on the 421 meter high Jin Mao tower in Shanghai China. However after 2 weeks (Jan 19 to Feb 2) from launch Microsoft managed to sell a mere 244 copies of Windows Vista.

Software piracy is rampant in the middle kingdom and a pirated version of Vista sells for a mere $1 on the streets. The following numbers are quoted by Windows Vista chief distributor in Bejing.

News source: NewLaucnes from Japanese source
Link: Forum Discussion (Thanks ThePitt)


^ One of the many pirated Windows Vista editions offered on the street.

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Maybe less pirated copies would be sold if they didn't originally spend the "millions on advertising". I guess in the end they are just promoting the pirated copy.

i used to live in Thailand untill 2 years ago, I remember having to buy Windows xp gold boot leg cuz you couldn't get a legal copy of XP for love or money, I'm pleased to say now I own all my own software and a technet as well.... I do know that XP is far to expensive in Asia,......

windows is overpriced as it is... who cares if people pirate it.. i mean really who is going to pay 100-200+ dollars for "software" when it's soooo easy to get for free? i think it's pretty safe to assume that "most people" will take the free copy.

it really dont matter anyways cause microsoft will contiune to have a monopoly on the pc market and they probably make most of there money through OEM crap anyways.

bottom line = microsoft is more than rich regardless of piracy so it aint like they need this money anyways.... cause of there enployee's aint getting hurt (which im sure there not) then all it's effecting is the high up people which are already more than rich so it aint like they "need" the money lost to piracy anyways.

Because it confuses the copyright lawyers! Disney and Microsoft have to spend months arguing over who gets to sue first. In the mean time, the pirates slip away under the cover of chaos.

However after 2 weeks (Jan 19 to Feb 2) from launch Microsoft managed to sell a mere 244 copies of Windows Vista.
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Vista was not even officially launched around that time

I really think everybody who says it's crap, ect. without even trying it should really just give it a try, even if it is pirated (at first). Pirte it, try it out, if you like it, buy it. Personally, I had problems at first, but they quickly remedied every issue I had (same with my friends). I rarely use windows, but all my games and programs work in it (always have) and now all my hardware works.

I don't think anyone who has used Vista thinks it's crap. I certainly don't.

Vista is just Windows XP with what appears to be a lot of polishes, tweaks, and minor updates.

For example, standby clearly works now. I'm not sure that's something to pay $400 for. After all, it was SUPPOSED to work under XP...and NEVER did. So a lot of great bug fixes, etc. but Vista is mostly filled with stuff that finally works the way Microsoft marketing told us it did...when we all paid for it five years ago, ahem. :)

And since all the good stuff under the hood is either relatively invisible to the average end user, or was pulled out of Vista over the past two years, I just think most people believe Vista is ridiculously overpriced for what is, after all, a consumer OS.

excalpius said,
I don't think anyone who has used Vista thinks it's crap. I certainly don't.

Vista is just Windows XP with what appears to be a lot of polishes, tweaks, and minor updates.

For example, standby clearly works now. I'm not sure that's something to pay $400 for. After all, it was SUPPOSED to work under XP...and NEVER did. So a lot of great bug fixes, etc. but Vista is mostly filled with stuff that finally works the way Microsoft marketing told us it did...when we all paid for it five years ago, ahem. :)

And since all the good stuff under the hood is either relatively invisible to the average end user, or was pulled out of Vista over the past two years, I just think most people believe Vista is ridiculously overpriced for what is, after all, a consumer OS.


Right. XP works as fast, great and has as much features. Sure. Believe what you want.

If I lived in China and my government laws didn't enforce anti-piracy, I wouldn't buy it full-price either when everyone on the street is selling it for $1.

1. The goverment does not give a damn about illegal software
2. Its difficult to find legal software in China, because everything is pirated
3. Please keep in mind that China is a developing country and they are also 1 billion years behind GB and the US
4. China is a poor country, people cannot afford legal software, 1 copy of Genuine Vista = annual income of a average citizen yes that's how poor they are

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So you like to buy stuff cheap because it was made in chinese sweatshops for which they get payed 1$ a year, but then you comment on the piracy there.

I don't see how everybody thinks this is funny - it's absolutely appalling.

Common-place piracy on this scale will not be good for Microsoft, but this could never happen in Europe or the US due to all the counter-piracy measures we have in place. Do companies in China running non-genuine software get shut down? They should do; it is fraud after all...

That said, the real people who will lose out here are the small-scale "bedroom" programmers, not global corporations like Microsoft. If a huge country like China pirates 99% of software, all the small companies will go down the pan, leaving only the massive companies like Microsoft and Apple left.

And yes, open-source software has a very important place in all of this, but it hardly makes a good long-term business model.

All software developers and IT stuff I know recommends to wait for SP1. They are spreading this opinion to all non IT masses. And this behaviour has very big influence on Vista sales because software developers are big authority to non IT people. Microsoft must focus on IT personnel first, because these are people who actually promote and sell their software. If all developers have had Vista on their machines then they all would instantly start to push Vista to the rest of the world.

One workaround to do it is to offer two free copies of Vista Ultimate for each person who has words "driver developer" in their job title (one for work and one for home), and same (or with reduced price) to all who has words "software developer" in their job title. This could buy Microsoft the biggest selling force.

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