Microsoft Takes Aim at Asian Markets

Microsoft Corporation received assurances from Chinese PC makers that they would try to curb the problem of pirated software, as the company unveiled the Chinese version of its software for the Pocket PC Thursday.

In a country where Microsoft itself estimates that up to 90 percent of the company's software installed on computers last year consisted of illegal copies, obtainable on the street for as little as US$1, Microsoft seeks inroads to a potentially valuable market.

By the same token, considering that the handheld markets are set to explode in the Asia, according to Kevin Burden, manager of research company IDC's Smart Handheld Devices research program, Microsoft will face limited competition.

"When the PocketPC goes to the Asian markets, the only thing its going to be competing with is a very limited supply of Palm devices under Acer," said Burden.

News source: Yahoo!/NewsFactor

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