Microsoft's 'Windows Genuine Advantage' program a hit

Summary:When Microsoft launched its Windows Genuine Advantage pilot program back in September, it was hoping 20,000 customers would opt into the voluntary program that lets the software maker check to see if they are running licensed copies of the operating system. But as Microsoft Watch reports, a little over a month later, 828,000 customers had opted in.

When Microsoft launched its Windows Genuine Advantage pilot program back in September, it was hoping 20,000 customers would opt into the voluntary program that lets the software maker check to see if they are running licensed copies of the operating system. But as Microsoft Watch reports, a little over a month later, 828,000 customers had opted in. So what gives? The freebies are likely driving most of the popularity, plus users with general curiosity as to the counterfeit status of their software.

Topics: Microsoft

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