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10 yrs to beat piracy in India, China: Gates

Gates said at the WEF summit that sales of Microsoft's software in both India and China are increasing every year.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 17:49 IST

Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates said on Friday beating software piracy in China and India and getting compliance up to US and European levels would take 10 years.

"In India and China it will be a decade before we get that level," Gates told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"But as long as there is year-by-year progress, it holds a great opportunity for us in terms of scale, which helps us do more, and it's a great place where we have people working for us."

Gates said sales of the company's software in both countries were increasing every year and he was optimistic that China and India would come round to licensing as Taiwan and South Korea had done.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 14:04 IST