PHOTO - Sunny Ooi, consumer channels group director, Microsoft Malaysia.
According to a recent study by The Harrison Group, PCs running genuine software saves users about 50 percent in time and significantly extends battery life, said software giant Microsoft Malaysia.
The global study compared the effects of using genuine and pirated Microsoft products that covered different versions of Windows XP, Windows 7, Office 2003 and Office 2007, which showed that PCs using genuine products are on average 50 percent faster to boot, surf, print and manage documents, said Microsoft Malaysia consumer channels group director, Sunny Ooi.
"PCs running genuine Windows and MS-Office products outperformed their pirated counterparts 75 percent of the time by an average of 52 percent when opening documents," said Ooi. "Genuine machines were faster than their pirated counterparts in half (48 percent) of the test configurations by an average of 56 percent to print 1MB of Word documents."
He said the study also showed:
- 67 percent of the time the genuine Microsoft products were an average of 100 percent faster.
- PCs running genuine Windows were 46 percent faster 59 percent of the time when loading popular Internet Web pages heavy with text and graphics.
- Genuine Windows machines outperformed pirated operating systems 60 percent of the time by an average of 20 percent in terms of power conservation when running processor-intensive programs for an hour.
A high cost
Ooi added that The Harrison Group study showed that counterfeit users paid a high cost for the low price of counterfeit software. "To protect the users we would like to remind everyone that Genuine Microsoft software requires activation and validation at installation. If you are not required to enter a genuine Microsoft product key at installation, chances are, you are installing counterfeit software, so insist on Genuine."
"Piracy is not only contained to the software industry nor causing losses only to large multinational companies," he said. "Creative industries that typically rely on copyright contribute between two and six percent of the GDP [gross domestic product] and 3-11 percent of country's jobs."
"With MY Creative Content under the ETP [economic transformation programme] initiative, Malaysia targets to achieve a Gross National Income (GNI) of US$1 billion by 2020, create 10,300 jobs, and secure an export of 45 percent of its GNI targets, from the creative content and applications business," said Ooi.
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