I have always wondered why we get shafted like this. Obviously “crime doesn’t pay” does not apply to China. I don’t suppose it would be as bad if they weren’t doing this to "combat" piracy.
Still, we Westerners have been paying through the nose for Office for almost two decades. If anyone deserves a price break, it's us--not the thieving Chinese. I understand what Microsoft is doing and why. I am happy for anything that reduces software theft, but that doesn't make me nearly as happy as a $29 copy of Office would.