Grenada paying almost US$1 million to Microsoft for piracy

Friday, July 14, 2017

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ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) – The Government of Grenada has paid Microsoft US$800,000 to resolve a “piracy problem” which was identified more than 10 years ago.

The problem was attributed to programs then used by the Government in their official communication.

“The programs we use on our computers, on our servers, the Words program, the Excel program were not genuine Microsoft programs, they were pirated and so the Government had problems. We were approached by Microsoft, we were threatened 10 years ago, but now we are happy to report that we have solved the problem,” said Minister of Information and Communications Technology Gregory Bowen.

In an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), Bowen said after he made the disclosure to the Parliament on Wednesday – the Government is working with an agent of Microsoft who has decided to accept monthly payments from Grenada until the bill is completely paid.

“We are working with an agent of Microsoft who has paid out from their end the total sum to Microsoft, they are a legitimate agent of Microsoft and so we can now access the legitimate programs,” Bowen explained.

“This will allow us to use our platform in a secure manner without problems,” said Bowen, who explained that the use of the pirated programs was creating serious problems when persons were using the official Government email address and as a result most persons were forced to conduct official Government business using private e-mail addresses.

“Now that we have solved this we will see Grenada having many benefits that will accrue,” said Bowen who said students at Government educational institutions will benefit as all Government servers will be using legitimate programs.

Microsoft is a USA technology corporation that focuses on the development and implementation of software used on computers and on the world wide web.

The company's Microsoft windows operations system is the most widely used operating system in the world.

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