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Microsoft sells just 244 copies of Vista in China

Pirated copy of Windows VistaChasing after software pirates in the US is one thing, but China's a whole other ballgame. Pirated copies of Windows Vista are widely available throughout the country, for as little as $1.

So while Microsoft spent millions to promote Vista in China, the company apparently sold just 244 copies of the operating system during the first two weeks it was legally available in China.

Microsoft has spent a lot of time and effort making it as difficult as possible for pirates to activate copies of Windows Vista. But just last week Microsoft admitted that there were two working activation cracks that the company has no plans to fix. It's not clear what method Chinese users are using to activate pirated copies of Vista.

[via Electronista]

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