REDMOND, Washington: Microsoft has adopted price-cutting tactics in its ongoing battle with China's software pirates by more than halving the cost of its new Vista operating system in the country.

The company has cut the retail price for the basic package to 499 yuan ($66.5; €47; £35.5) from 1,521 yuan, and the premium package to 899 yuan from 1,802 yuan.

Avers Microsoft spokesman Jim Lin: "This program gives customers who bought a computer before the Vista launch an opportunity to upgrade."

Data sourced from People's Daily Online (China); additional content by WARC staff