Lenovo makes US$1.2 billion Microsoft commitment

Global PC powerhouse Lenovo has reiterated its commitment to using genuine Microsoft software, signing a deal with the software powerhouse to pre-install genuine Microsoft software on the PCs it sells around the world. Lenovo expects to purchase Microsoft Windows software valued at approximately US$1.2 billion during the next year.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  April 19, 2006

Global PC powerhouse Lenovo has reiterated its commitment to using genuine Microsoft software, signing a deal with the software powerhouse to pre-install genuine Microsoft software on the PCs it sells around the world. Lenovo expects to purchase Microsoft Windows software valued at approximately US$1.2 billion during the next year. The two companies have formally signed a global agreement that expands and deepens their strategic cooperation. Lenovo and Microsoft will work together to promote the use and benefits of validly licensed Microsoft software products through joint sales, marketing and training programmes around the world. Lenovo launched a programme in China in November 2005 with the support of Microsoft to emphasise the benefits of genuine software. The scheme focused on increasing understanding of software copyright issues and the value of system security, privacy protection and virus prevention. This programme surpassed expectations, receiving an enthusiastic response from business partners, resellers and consumers alike. Lenovo now plans to extend this programme to other emerging markets around the world to drive business growth. “By taking the lead in providing genuine value-added software on PCs in China, Lenovo is demonstrating foresight and wisdom as a responsible global industry leader,” said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect at Microsoft. “Microsoft commends Lenovo for recognising the importance of intellectual property rights and the value of genuine software. We will continue to work with Lenovo and other industry partners to ensure that customers get the greatest value and performance from their PCs,” he added. Yang Yuanqing, chairman at Lenovo, said: “Our first priority has always been to provide highest-quality, innovative products to our customers. Working together with Microsoft, we have made it easy for our joint customers to get the reliability, service and support only available from genuine software, at great competitive pricing.” “As a global corporate citizen, we want to lead the efforts to make it possible for ordinary users to enjoy genuine software and to help foster the healthy and orderly development of the IT industry in every country in which we do business,” Yuanqing added. Lenovo intends to pre-install genuine Microsoft software on PCs manufactured by the vendor that are sold in more than 65 countries and regions worldwide.

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