Microsoft Gets Boost in Sales to China’s Lenovo as Piracy Ebbs – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg News (link)

Lenovo Group Ltd., China’s largest personal computer maker, is selling more machines with Windows XP software, suggesting progress in Corp.’s efforts to curb piracy, Lenovo Chairman Yang Yuanqing said.

About 70 percent of Chinese buyers opt for Microsoft’s Windows, the world’s most popular operating system, up from 10 percent in November when Lenovo started pre-installing copies, Yang said yesterday in an interview. Lenovo will buy $1.2 billion worth of Windows in the next year, the companies said yesterday.

“It’s very good to see for improving the overall environment,” Yang said in an interview at a Bellevue, Washington, hotel. Buyers are responding to marketing that suggests that pirated software has more flaws and viruses, he said.

Also see “Hu Jintao to meet with Microsoft, Boeing” from ABC News (link)

Chinese President Hu Jintao will kick off his visit to the United States this week by meeting with two major corporations that embody both the difficulties and the opportunities for U.S. companies in China.

Microsoft Corp. believes that, after more than a decade of efforts, it is on the cusp of a breakthrough in China’s vast potential market, where it has traditionally been hindered by widespread software piracy.

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