[photopress:cxo969_1_2_3_4.gif,full,alignright]Microsoft China chief executive Chen Yongzheng has said Microsoft will invest $100 million in China each year over the next three to five years and will train about 80,000 people. The investment comes as Microsoft cooperates with the Chinese government and local businesses to develop China’s software industry.
Why? Probably as a reward for China’s antipiracy efforts and encouragement for China to do more. Microsoft has already invested $65 million in three Chinese software enterprises so far this year.
The figures show why Microsoft should do this. China Business News reported sales of personal computers installed with authorized software systems rose from 25 percent in the last quarter of 2005 to 48 percent in the first quarter of this year in China.
Partly this was due to Microsoft’s purchasing contracts with Chinese PC producers Lenovo, Tsinghua Tongfang, Fangzheng and TCL which were signed early this year. Partly due to the banning of sales of PCs installed with non-authorized operating systems by China in April.
Microsoft awarded Microsoft China the title of ‘best subsidiary company’ this year.
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