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MOSCOW, September 6 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s software market increased by 19 percent over the 2011 fiscal year (from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011) and reached 2.3 billion U.S. dollars, Microsoft President in Russia Nikolai Pryanishnikov told reporters at a briefing.
In his words, Russia’s IT market went up by 16 percent in general, while the world’s market of information technologies grew by five percent in the period under review.
“This is rather good indicator, which shows that the growth of Russia’s IT market is quicker than that of the global market and the economy,” Pryanishnikov said, adding that Russia has big unused potential for further increase.
He also stated that the global IT giant’s business in Russia has grown jointly with the software market, and even slightly outstripped the latter.
Pryanishnikov also pointed to the decline of the piracy market in Russia. In 2010, the index decreased from 68 percent to 65 percent.
“Russia is the record holders over the piracy level decline,” a Microsoft official said, reaffirming that the total number of illegal software in Russia dropped by 22 percent over past six years.
According to monitoring of computer retail trade, the total number of illegal software in Moscow’s shops is bigger than in regional shops.
“An average piracy level in Russia’s retail network is 17 percent, while the index can reach 33 percent in the Moscow-based shops trading in computers and software,” the official said.