Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Aug 2006 21:01 UTC
Microsoft To date, with its Genuine Advantage anti-piracy programs, Microsoft has targeted consumers. Windows and Office users have been required to validate their products as 'genuine before being able to obtain many downloads and add-ons. Come this fall, however, the software maker is planning to turn up the Genuine Advantage heat in two ways: by baking more Genuine Advantage checks directly into Windows Vista, and by taking aim at PC makers, system builders, Internet cafes and other sources of potentially pirated software.
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My two cents ... and a quarter for MS
by Shkaba on Wed 9th Aug 2006 23:28 UTC
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While there is nothing wrong, IMO, with MS insisting to service only legitimate customers, there is everything wrong with HOW they do it now, and to top things we are talking about a genuine (pun intended) spyware. A big apology, a proper disclosure, and better validation methods are in order. I forecast that with increased linux preloaded hardware offerings from bigger manufacturers, MS market share is going to steadily decline.

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