Microsoft Bemoans Massive Software Piracy

According to Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, the company’s revenue in China this year will be just 5% of what it achieves from the United States, despite computer sales in both countries being comparable.

In the US 71 million PC units are sold annually, versus 75 million in China. Despite this, Microsoft’s revenue in China is “about a twentieth” of what it achieves in the United States.

Some other stats provided by Ballmar were:

* Microsoft’s revenue for each PC sold in China is one sixth of what it achieves in India

* Microsoft’s revenue from China’s 1.3 billion people is less than that made from the Netherlands – population just 17 million

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