Microsoft Azerbaijan expects increase in use of licensed software in 2010

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 7 / Trend H.Valiyev /

Microsoft Azerbaijan expects further enhancing interest in use of licensed products in 2010, Microsoft Azerbaijan CEO Teymur Akhundov told Trend .

According to Akhundov, 2009 was quite successful year. The year recorded significant shifts in the corporate segment, which is increasingly beginning to understand the importance of using licensed software.

"In 2009, the company signed the Enterprise Agreement with the Communications and IT Ministry and the Economic Development Ministry," he said.  "If we talk about plans for 2010, we expect to raise interest in use of licensed products by commercial and state organizations, as well as the banking sector."

Akhundov also reviewed the prospects for further reduction of piracy in Azerbaijan. The real value of pirated software could be much higher than expected, he added

Microsoft Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani Copyright Agency have repeatedly discussed questions about reducing piracy in Azerbaijan. The sides developed a joint action plan and to are holding appropriate work to implement it. The parties also held workshops to intensify anti-piracy and the legitimate use of software.

"Customers who faced with counterfeiting fact should know: Piracy poses a significant danger and the danger is increasing because of ever-increasing penetration of broadband Internet to our lives. Today, more criminals are involved in this activity. They are very interested in getting engaged in computers through various unlicensed software viruses and codes that are harmful to the security system. The people copy confidential information of users," he added.

According to the BSA association, the piracy ratio in Azerbaijan is 90 percent and the country ranked the sixth worldwide. Georgia (95 percent), Bangladesh (92 percent) and Armenia (92 percent) lead the list.

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