Early April Fools Joke By Infoworld: M$ and Lenovo in Love

According to Infoworld, “Microsoft has signed an agreement with Lenovo to ensure that its PCs ship with licensed versions of Windows software on its computers”
see Microsoft, Lenovo to promote genuine Windows on PCs

I have not been able to find this story anywhere else on the web. Not from M$. Not from Lenovo. Every hit on Google is a direct copy of the story in Infoworld…

As Lenovo clearly ships a lot of GNU/Linux and Chrome OS PCs even in China and as far as I know Lenovo has never shipped unlicensed software, I think this is InfoWorld making its own news or playing an early April Fools joke. It’s probably the latter… Whether it’s just a renewal of the old agreement from 2006 to “recommend” that other OS, I don’t know, but it’s a very bad joke.

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2 Responses to Early April Fools Joke By Infoworld: M$ and Lenovo in Love

  1. eug says:

    “making sure that only genuine Windows is installed on the computers, and making clear to customers the risks of counterfeit software.”

    Na verdade, se a pessoa usa uma cópia não licenciada do windows, ela é tão legítima quanto aquela que foi licenciada/paga. E, uma cópia não licenciada não é falsa. Ela tá verdadeira quanto aquela que foi paga e licenciada.
    A cópia não-licenciada apenas não foi paga!
    🙂

    Um windows falso/”couterfeit” seria o case se alguém vendesse um linux usando um tema de windows COMO SE FOSSE o próprio windows. Aí sim seria um windows falso!

  2. George Wilson says:

    It’s in the Chinese news, too (Microsoft = 微软, Lenovo = 联想):

    http://www.stdaily.com/kjrb/content/2013-03/28/content_587404.htm

    My Chinese is barely existent, but my Japanese let’s me read something about “consumer education”, Lenovo and some electronics chain making sure that only genuine Windows is installed on the computers, and making clear to customers the risks of counterfeit software.

    Yeah, something like that. Best try a translator. But it doesn’t seem to be an early April Fools joke.

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