Statement from Microsoft on Business Software Alliance IDC 2005 Economic Impact Study

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 8, 2005 – Microsoft has issued the following statement from Orlando Ayala, Senior Vice President, Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partner Group, regarding the Business Software Alliance IDC 2005 Economic Impact Study:

“We support the Business Software Alliance’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the economic impact of global software piracy. Every year, millions of consumers and businesses are hurt by counterfeit software which they have purchased unwittingly, and many companies that sell legitimate software have difficulty competing with low prices offered by software pirates.

“At Microsoft we believe that our customers want to be sure they are purchasing and using genuine software. We remain committed to advancing education among consumers to identify and obtain genuine software. Microsoft is also continuing to invest heavily in engineering world-class anti-counterfeiting technologies to protect our intellectual property, and to supporting government and law enforcement on enforcement actions against counterfeiters.”

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