Last Updated: Monday, 21 May 2007
Vietnam signs anti-piracy accord http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6676295.stm
[Microsoft's Steve Ballmer was at the event with Vietnam's prime minister]
Vietnam has promised to stop using pirated software in its government offices.
Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, and Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the signing.
Vietnam has one of the highest software piracy rates in the world with about 90% of software being illegal copies.
Vietnam's Ministry of Finance became the first government department to sign Microsoft Office Licensing agreement during a visit by Bill Gates last year.
Under the new deal, Microsoft Office Systems software will be loaded onto 300,000 computers in government offices and educational institutions.