Microsoft India Raising Product Prices By 10-25% - FTC Cracks Massive India-based Tech Support Scams

Begining November 1 2012, "Microsoft is set to raise the prices of its consumer and enterprise products in India by 10-25%" -- citing the reason behind the increase "to bring the cost of its Indian products in line with global prices.""The rise in prices is linked to the release of several new Microsoft products. India […]

Microsoft India raising prices by 10-25%. Microsoft helps FTC cracking India-based massive tech support scams

Begining November 1 2012, "Microsoft is set to raise the prices of its consumer and enterprise products in India by 10-25%" -- citing the reason behind the increase "to bring the cost of its Indian products in line with global prices."

"The rise in prices is linked to the release of several new Microsoft products. India has a highly mature IT market and we are sure it will absorb our new prices. We are in the process of talking to our partners and analysts," said Floris van Heijst, head of its marketing and operations in India according to the Time of India.

Microsoft's products in India are sold at a much lower rate compared to developed markets.

The increase will be implemented over the next several months, starting November 1, and it will impact popular products such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Windows Server operating system and other office software, priced in Indian rupee rates.

Microsoft is estimated to have generated about Rs 4,800 crore from India in fiscal 2011.

In other Microsoft-India releasted news, this week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a major international crackdown with Microsoft on scammers, origination from India -- who will call Enlish-speaking users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand over their telephone masquerade as major computer companies, con consumers into believing that their computers infested with viruses, spyware and other malware, and then charge hundreds of dollars to remotely access and "fix" the consumers' computers.

These criminals often charge their victims for bogus services and install malicious software on their computers.

The FTC also acknowledges investigative assistance from several computer companies including Microsoft.

Federal regulators have already charged 14 organizations and 17 individuals in 6 different legal findings. According to the FTC, "five of the six used telemarketing boiler rooms to call consumers."

Adding, "The sixth lured consumers by placing ads with Google which appeared when consumers searched for their computer company's tech support telephone number," FTC revealed.

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