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
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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