Microsoft has taken part in a conference in the Middle East, in an effort to raise awareness of software piracy and help vendors and consumers alike, avoid it. As part of the “Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy,” group, Microsoft and the Dubai police discussed methods in which to help reduce the high piracy rate in the region, which is thought to be just under 60 per cent. Arguably, the best method it believes, is with education, as often times software sellers and buyers don’t know they they are purchasing unlicensed copies. “It is vital for consumers in the UAE to know what to look out for when it comes to pirated or counterfeit products,” said Major Rashed Mohammad Saleh, the of the Dubai police.
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Microsoft Aides Middle East in Combating Software Piracy
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