Larry Dignan

Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.

Rachel King

Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

Latest Posts

Is Microsoft forcing Windows users to install and test pre-release software?

The recent controversy over Microsoft's usage of Windows Update to install anti-piracy software that apparently phones home to Microsoft's servers over the  Internet on a daily basis has drawn a poorly constructed response (I analyze it here) from the company that is at best mistaken or incomplete and at worst, disingenuous about how the software installs itself and works.

June 9, 2006 by David Berlind


Does Microsoft's new WGA disclosure fall short?

After its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy software (pushed to end users via Windows Update) starting phoning home to Microsoft's servers on a daily basis thus earning Microsoft a place in the public spotlight in recent days, the software giant's public relations engine was apparently very busy yesterday figuring out what to do about users' concerns and then getting the word out.  The result?

June 9, 2006 by David Berlind


Microsoft's LeBlond: No need for an MS Web Office

With all the news and speculation about Google building a collaborative Web Office of sorts, with a  browser-based spreadsheet, word processor, email and calendar for starters, I wanted to get Microsoft's point of view on Web versus rich client Office suites. Can Web apps match the capababilities of desktop apps?

June 8, 2006 by Dan Farber


MS anti-piracy tools phone home, raising consent, disclosure and security questions

As I reported last week (based on my own experience) Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is an anti-piracy technology that checks in with Microsoft's servers across the Internet that Microsoft recently pushed out to users of Windows via its Windows Update service.  Unless the software is able to validate that you have a legitimate copy of Windows, you may be denied certain important updates according to an entry in Microsoft's online knowledgebase.

June 8, 2006 by David Berlind