Microsoft turns pirated Windows black, making Chinese consumers see red

Business Materials 26 October 2008 08:27 (UTC +04:00)

An anti-piracy tactic by Microsoft that turns some computer users' screens black is setting off a wave of unexpected indignation among Chinese consumers, posing renewed problems for the software maker in the huge China market, the Associated Press reported.

In the days since Microsoft deployed an updated anti-piracy tool here, some Chinese have fumed about what they see as an invasion of privacy. Users of legitimate software have been turning their own screens black in protest.

Microsoft defended its actions, saying the company complies with Chinese law. It issued a statement Thursday promising its anti-piracy campaign would not be used to collect personal information. It is also offering steep discounts on some software to give consumers an affordable legal alternative.