M$ GOUGING US
This just shows they have already paid for the development costs, and think that their product is better than the copied copyrighted pirated software that already exists. What do the Chinese care about "Legitimate"? Just like the Brits, Frogs and Yanks; it all comes down to one thing: COST.
Cheaper is better, and will result in more Legitimate Users, but will this tactic will alienate those who have to pay a INFLATED (as in "NOT EQUAL COST FOR EQUAL VALUE) COST even more. I guarantee this will backfire on M$.
Is there a opening for litigation, for gouging those who DO NOT get the reduced prices? If this product is only worth $29.00 Chinese equivalent, there may be a place for a Class-Action Suit, not only for current and future users, but for past purchasers, such as government agencies, Municipalities, and corporations, that have spent millions for the right to use the programing.
Maybe M$ will see the light and reduce prices worldwide, and let the world know that "at least it is trying to play fair".
If the Chinese version has an English language option, put me on the list to have a copy shipped, as long as I can get it to initialize and run in the US.
Otherwise, I may go visit my lawyer (solicitor) tomorrow.
Wait, do I see a bunch of states attorney generals in a boat off in the distance.....
Evil Bill, 'cause those horns were meant for gougin'....