Ballmer to Hu: 90% of Microsoft customers in China using pirated software

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Network World (US), 1/21/11

While Chinese President Hu Jintao knew he’d face some tough questions when he came to the United States this week, he probably figured most of them would come from Barack Obama and members of Congress. But you can add Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to that list.

Ballmer used Hu’s official visit as an opportunity to point out that 90% of Microsoft software users in China didn’t pay for it. The comments were part of a discussion about intellectual property protection.

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