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Software piracy rate dips as PCs fall out of favour

More people turning to tablets, apps as cheaper option, says research firm

Published on Jun 25, 2014 8:44 AM
MRT commuters using their mobile devices in a MRT train on Oct 18, 2012. Software piracy is on the wane here partly due to computers falling out of favour with consumers, and the growing popularity of tablets. -- ST PHOTO: FILE

Software piracy is on the wane here due partly to computers falling out of favour with consumers.

The 10th Global Software Survey released yesterday showed that 32 per cent of software used in homes and offices in Singapore last year was pirated, down from 33 per cent in 2011.

Market research firm IDC AsiaPacific said there has been a shift in device preferences, which has affected the way people acquire software. It conducted the study for industry watchdog The Software Alliance (BSA), previously known as the Business Software Alliance.

"Instead of buying computers, people are buying tablets as they are cheaper," said Mr Victor Lim, IDC's vice-president of customer research and consulting.

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