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For the second time in two years, Microsoft has significantly cut the benefits it offers to TechNet subscribers. Will the newly reduced allotments of Windows and Office product keys really reduce piracy or just annoy Microsoft's customers?
Last month, Microsoft rolled out a controversial anti-piracy update for Windows 7. Everything you've read about KB971033 so far, including my report last week, has been based on what Microsoft said it was going to do. But what does this update really do? I took a close look using my best CSI toolkit. Here are the details Microsoft doesn't tell you about.
Microsoft is planning to push to Windows 7 users a set of anti-piracy updates before the end of February. Called the Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, the Windows Genuine patch is designed to detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation hacks, according to a February 11 post about the update on the Windows Team blog.
Last week Microsoft was sued in a Washington district court for allegedly violating privacy laws through its use of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy mechanism in Windows XP. Is WGA a legitimate anti-piracy tool or is it spyware?
Microsoft's activation and Windows Genuine Advantage mechanisms do little to prevent piracy. Exhibit A: Windows 7 activation mechanism cracked weeks before the release of the OS.
Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications is a tool to help reduce software piracy. This tool will confirm that the copy of Windows installed...
Microsoft is giving its anti-piracy/DRM technology a PR face lift with Windows 7. The "Windows Genuine" branding is being supplanted by a new name: Windows Activation.
I've seen a few folks celebrating the patent ruling as something that could put a damper on Microsoft's Genuine Advantage anti-piracy technologies in Windows. But it looks like it may be a little soon to dance on the WGA/OGA graves.
Starting this week, Microsoft will ship an update to Windows Vista Ultimate users to ferret out cracked copies of its most expensive and feature-packed operating system.The renewed anti-piracy campaign is aimed directly at the activation exploit known as the "SoftMod hack," according to a post on Microsoft's WGA blog.
Microsoft has come up with a new way of handling software piracy. Using its Windows Genuine Advantage tool, when a non-authorized version of its Windows XP Pro operating system is detected, every hour of use throws up a black screen that can be reset to anything else in the usual ways, but every 60 minutes it will change back to the plain black background.
The latest update to Windows XP detects unauthorized copies and turns the desktop black. It also sends intermittent messages to the user to go legal. While the update is world-wide, it seems to be part of a plan to address Chinese piracy, The Wall Street Journal reports. As part of the Chinese initiative, Microsoft has radically dropped the price of XP to less than $30 for the home version.
Microsoft has decided to do something about piracy in China. In a country where 82% of all software is pirated Microsoft has this month decided to roll out Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA). This has led one Beijing lawyer to label Microsoft the "biggest hacker in China."
Microsoft launched its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy program in early summer 2006. Its first year was, to put it charitably, a disaster. An epic fail. A big fat F on the year’s report card. Things didn't get much better in 2007, either, as a server failure and other outages unfairly labeled thousands of legitimate Windows customers as pirates. In the past year, Microsoft has revamped and re-engineered its WGA and Vista validations systems and processes. What did they do and what does it mean for you? I went back to the same data source I used in 2006 to measure Microsoft's performance and see whether they finally deserve a passing grade.
Microsoft is set to begin a pilot of a new Genuine Advantage anti-piracy mechanism for Office that will add a "nag-like" feature, akin to what is now part of Windows Vista, to Office.
Windows Vista SP1 brings with it a new tweaked version of the WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) anti-piracy scheme. How does this look to the end user? Read on ...
Yesterday's revelation that Microsoft would be watering down Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) in Windows Vista SP1 came as a bit of a surprise to me. Why, if WGA has been so successful in the prevention of piracy, and why if the mechanism caused so little collateral damage (both points Microsoft has been adamant about throughout) now backpedal and water down WGA?
Notable headlines:Ed Bott: With SP1, Microsoft plans to ditch the Vista "kill switch". Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft to modify Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy scheme.
Microsoft is making changes to its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy strategy via a coupleof modifications it will implement in Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 and Windows Server 2008 next year.
Microsoft is to allow pirated copies of Windows XP to download and install Internet Explorer 7 without gaining Windows Genuine Advantage authentication, which is a move to boost security but not encourage piracy, according to the software giant.
Ostensibly, the decision by the Russian government to develop their own Linux-based OS to be used by all of their schoolchildren, is a move to stop piracy of Microsoft Windows. I am skeptical that they have such good intentions.
Microsoft's anti-piracy effort may be annoying to some Windows users, but it has notched a big win catching the bad guys. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that the FBI and Chinese Public Security Bureau busted a syndicate selling and distributing more than $2 billion in counterfeit Microsoft software.
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