Shanghai schools to replace MS Office with local software

October 2003
IT Training;Oct2003, p15
Trade Publication
Microsoft Corp. looks like it has lost out on Shanghai, China's lucrative educational software market to a local competitor, after reports that it tried to collect licence fees on what it claimed was pirated software. It is reported on Chinese Web sites that Microsoft demanded that Shanghai's Education Commission (SEC) buy licences for Microsoft Office software on computers in the city's public schools, following claims of piracy. However, in a dramatic turnaround, the SEC told schools to take Office off thousands of PCs and replace it with software from Beijing-based Kingsoft, one of the country's largest software suppliers.


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