Twice as many PCs equipped with legal copies of the Microsoft Windows operating system were sold in China during the first quarter of 2006 compared to the final quarter of 2005, Reuters reported. The sharp rise 48%, up from 25% has been put down to renewed efforts my major PC makers to tackle software piracy. Domestic manufacturers Lenovo, Founder, Tsinghua Tongfang and TCL all recently complied with orders from Beijing and pre-installed legal copies of Windows on the units they sell in China. These four companies, alongside global manufacturers such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard, account for three quarters of China's PC market, the second largest in the world after the US.
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