Microsoft Vietnam Assists SMEs in Legalising Software

Microsoft Viet Nam has launched an open license publication (OLP) programme to help small- and medium-sized enterprises legalise their Windows software applications during the fourth quarter of 2008.

With the exception of the Windows operating system, it will be possible to transfer other Microsoft products purchased under the open license publication from one computer to another whenever an enterprise upgrades or replaces its old PCs.

According to a report published recently by the Software Business Association, Vietnam’s copyright infringement rate has reduced from 88% in 2006 to 85% in 2007. However, the country still suffers losses of 200 million USD per year as a result of copyright infringements.

Microsoft is planning to publish additional information relating to the OLP in the near future to help businesses improve their understanding of Microsoft’s licensing mechanisms.