Microsoft has a big problem to tackle in China: counterfeit software, especially Windows. To crack down on the pirated copies of Microsoft's intellectual property, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MuO) with Alibaba Group, the company who operates the largest e-commerce sites in the region such Tmall and Taobao.
As a part of the agreement, the Chinese company will take appropriate measures to get rid of the unlicensed and counterfeit Microsoft products from their sites. Furthermore, Alibaba Group will also help those customers who purchased counterfeit software to get compensation from the sellers who sold pirated software through the website.
China is one of the biggest markets, and the use of counterfeit software makes a dent on the revenues of the company. To further counter this issue, both companies will work together in creating awareness among the consumers regarding the risks pirated software poses to their personal data and information.
"Microsoft is committed to protecting customers from downloading or purchasing non-genuine software that expose users to spyware, malware, and viruses that can lead to computer crashes and network system failures, loss of personal data, and sensitive business information leaks," Tim Cranton, Microsoft's associate general counsel and Greater China region's chief legal counsel, said. "Not only will users' information security be protected, but legitimate businesses and innovators in China will also benefit from a safer and more robust e-commerce marketplace with safeguards to protect intellectual property rights."
It will be interesting to see the outcome of the agreement between two giant companies, and how much it will help in getting rid of the unlicensed copies.