Software From India? Yes, It's For Real

Elsewhere, nobody would be impressed. But in India, it has been hailed as a breakthrough: The nation's No. 1 software maker, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), in just one year sold 11,000 copies of E-X, a $140 accounting program for personal computers. That was remarkable not only because most software in India--upwards of 80%--is obtained by illegal copying but also because it shows that the world's second most populous nation may be beginning to build a viable domestic software market. That, in turn, puts India in a position to begin competing in global software markets in earnest.

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