Microsoft Office to get the Genuine Advantage treatment

By on April 9, 2008, 5:30 PM
If you have never pirated Microsoft software, then it's quite possible you were never bothered too much with Windows' Genuine Advantage. The problem is that the anti-piracy mechanism is far from perfect, and from time to time it will try to catch or nag even those who have paid or otherwise received legal licenses to use the software.

Both Office XP and Office 2007 have shipped with its own validation mechanism that unlike the one built in Windows, is meant to be more resilient, almost like it wasn't even there.

But Microsoft is preparing to turn on the switch and launch a pilot program initially limited to Chile, Italy, Spain and Turkey, where pirated copies of Office will start displaying notifications telling the user their copy is not genuine. Microsoft will limit the user's ability to use templates and optional downloads, but will not impair or limit usage of the applications from its core functions.

It's not completely clear what will happen after the first 30 days of notifications however. The software giant may decide to make the suite inoperative after a certain period, but that has not yet been confirmed.

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icye said:
Genuine Advantage is no advantage for legitimate users, its implementation has been flawed and there have been a few times I had to phone Microsoft to give me a new license key. I or anybody else who buys Microsoft products should never be punished by ineffective tools such as Genuine Advantage. When will companies such as Microsoft understand that the more anti-piracy tools they put into their programs, the more likely their products will be hacked.
mrgoose said:
As you rightly say icye, Genuine Advantage for whom exactly? We stopped using Microsoft products in May 2007 when I stripped Vista from our brand new laptops & replaced it with Kubuntu Linux instead. We now run Kubuntu c/w Open Office on all 6 of our business PC's/laptops. It is so nice to be free from all that oppressive and intrusive licensing nonsense - not to mention the viruses, worms, spies, trojans etc - and we have no intention of buying or using Microsoft products ever again!Full story: "Vista woes might lead us to better things":-[url]
6/58/[/url]Best wishes, G.
jesse_hz said:
No doubt a [b]Ligitimate Upperhand®™©[/b] to the supporters of free (as in 'freedom') OS choices, as this will probably drive at least a few users to look closely at alternatives.
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