Windows 2005 pirate for US$2

Software pirates in Malaysia have succeeded in selling a version of Microsoft's next operating system more than a year ahead of its official launch, at a purchase price of US$2 according to industry sources.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  December 2, 2003

Software pirates in Malaysia have succeeded in selling a version of Microsoft's next operating system more than a year ahead of its official launch, at a purchase price of US$2 according to industry sources.

The discovery was made in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Baru, where copies of the software, codenamed Longhorn were found available at a fraction of the anticipated retail price.

Malaysia has been long associated with piracy and is notorious for film piracy, often releasing Hollywood movies long before their international premieres.

In a report on the BBC news website, a Microsoft spokesman said they believe pirates obtained one of 8,000 trial copies of Longhorn handed out to programmers at a conference in Los Angeles in October.

The software is still in an early stage of development known as pre-alpha. The company says it would be extremely risky to load the still unstable operating system onto a home computer.

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