A standard released package of Windows OS cost about $199 (appr N39k) but some people are running the OS for almost free on their PC, no thanks to the “pirates”.
Windows OS connects instantly to Microsoft servers once your system is hooked up to the internet and of course, they know whether your OS is pirated or not. But, you may be wondering, why would Microsoft, with all their programming kits and techs, not shutdown your OS once it detects it to be pirated.
Well, some of the reasons why Microsoft would allow you run the pirated software include:
1. No support in developing countries.
A standard Microsoft product package comes with at least a year of free support. But users in developing countries would not have access to such services and some simply do not need the support. So why force them to pay for services that they may never need or have access to.
2. It is intentional
It could be said that Microsoft wants people outside the “West” to be groomed on Microsoft ecosystem. Here is what Bill Gates had to say about this,
“Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, people don’t pay for the software. Someday they will though, and as long as they’re 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.”
Ironically, piracy helps to broaden Microsoft’s user base to beat off competitions like Apple.
In spite of these, we still believe that using pirated products is morally wrong. The best alternative is to install and run any of the free open source Linux distributions like Ubuntu. Though, I won’t be surprised if Bill Gates disagree with me and say, “If you must really run a free OS, then use the pirated Windows but whenever you have the cash, buy it”.