Companies that rely on unlicensed copies of Windows are more likely to experience system failures and lose customer data, Microsoft said, citing a company-sponsored report. According to the research, which was conducted by the Harrison Group Inc. but paid for by Microsoft, mid-sized firms -- those with more than 24 PCs and fewer than 500 -- were 43% more likely to have had a critical system failure lasting more then 24 hours if they used unlicensed Windows.
The Harrison Group reached those conclusions after interviewing IT professionals and business people at nearly 1,600 companies in the U.S., the U.K., China and Brazil. Of the companies included in the survey, Harrison Group said 690, or 43.7%, were using fully-licensed software while 890, or 56.3%, ran some unlicensed software.
In an entry to the company's WGA blog today, Alex Kochis, a Microsoft senior product manager, trumpeted the results. "Not surprisingly, companies that have more counterfeit software in their environment tend to have more IT related problems," Kochis said.