Green_Grass - 8:52 am on Dec 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
Well, the last I viisted Nehru Place in New Delhi, all I found was a few roadside 'vendors' offering a few 'pirated' CD's of Windows 7.. Not really a threat. There were also a few guys offering p8rn on the sly in the dark corners.. Not really a threat to Microsoft or others. Most big multinations including Samsung , Microsoft etc have legitimate distribution centers in the market. The rest of the market offers 'directly imported' Hard drives, computer peripherals, ink refilling etc..
The sale of 'assembled' desktops do normally feature a 'pirated ' version of Windows But with prices of branded PC's falling faster and faster and given the rising popularity of net books (as a cheaper substiture, for lower end laptops for students etc ) and cheaper tablets running on Android, the 'pirated' market is now getting a little 'uninteresting' for most buyers.
I see many people these days buying genuine OS and anti virus software off the shelf in many computer stores. This easy availability of software in small stores with good advertising about the dangers of 'pirated' software is a new trend in India and has given a filip to sales. I rememeber, how difficult and inconvenient it was to 'buy' genuine software in India , just 10 yers ago when only the big computer shops in big malls or stores stocked the software.
If only the vendors reduced prices of software a little more.. you could effectively see the death of pirated stuff atleast in the bigger metros in India.