As we get closer to the release of Windows 8, there is going to be software piracy and a lot of versions of this software will end up on Torrent and Warez sites.

Seems like a given but there was an article I just saw on Winbeta that puts the stats in a totally different light.

The article is called “Nearly 8 out of every $10 spent on operating systems goes to Microsoft” by Joe Wilcox and it goes on about how well Microsoft and Apple are doing and how successful MSFT has done in the Client and server space.

Here is the kicker.

I also asked about how piracy affects Windows OS revenue. Seems to me that given high piracy rates, particularly in Asia, Windows OS revenues could be much higher and its market share considerably larger.

“Piracy impacted Windows revenue, particularly in emerging markets such as China and India,” Cheung responds. “We believe China and India have piracy rates at 80 percent and 60 percent, respectively. Eighty percent of Microsoft Client business comes from PC OEMs — and the rest, 20 percent retail business, is more piracy-vulnerable…We believe Microsoft can earn 20 percent to 25 percent more if there is only ‘systematic piracy’ in the world.”

That doesn’t mean no piracy but low piracy — around the 20 percent here in the United States.

Holy camoly!

80% is a really high number…

What do you guys think?

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. It does look shocking, but hardly suprising. Microsoft still manages to make billions out of businesses, however ther will always be piracy in the retail market (Until Windows becomes a fully cloud powered os).

  2. here in pakistan software piracy is too high specially in case of windows 

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