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Windows 7: MS Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

24 Dec 2010   #21
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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Microsoft last week killed an anti-piracy service that checked whether customers were running legal copies of Office, saying that the program had "served its purpose."

ZDNet blogger Ed Bott first reported on Microsoft's move after a tipster pointed him toward a support document on the company's site.
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Finally. Maybe they are coming around with not inconveniencing legit customers.

Or, they are developing something even more ridiculous.
It's a bit of a misnomer. The only thing they stopped using is "Office Genuine Validation" when downloading updates, etc. All other anti-piracy initiatives are still in place...keys, blacklisted keys, etc. It's not a free-for-all now.


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24 Dec 2010   #22
Klaw117

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
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Microsoft last week killed an anti-piracy service that checked whether customers were running legal copies of Office, saying that the program had "served its purpose."

ZDNet blogger Ed Bott first reported on Microsoft's move after a tipster pointed him toward a support document on the company's site.
More...

Finally. Maybe they are coming around with not inconveniencing legit customers.

Or, they are developing something even more ridiculous.
It's a bit of a misnomer. The only thing they stopped using is "Office Genuine Validation" when downloading updates, etc. All other anti-piracy initiatives are still in place...keys, blacklisted keys, etc. It's not a free-for-all now.
Still, it's a good thing that they got rid of this because it's one of the more annoying anti-piracy tricks that Microsoft uses. They even got sued over it a few times. It's really not necessary as long as they can blacklist keys that they suspect are being used by pirates.
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24 Dec 2010   #23
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

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There's this article showing that activation was somewhat easy to get around

Confessions of a Windows 7 pirate | ZDNet

But I also read that Office is going to be more of a cloud thing in the future. And this was somewhat prompted by Open Office. I have it and it does just about everything Office does except Access. And it's free
Thank you for that little bit of comic relief.

It is always good to have a good laugh.

Welcome back jfar. . .
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25 Dec 2010   #24
Robearl2x

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7User512 View Post
Quote:
Microsoft last week killed an anti-piracy service that checked whether customers were running legal copies of Office, saying that the program had "served its purpose."

ZDNet blogger Ed Bott first reported on Microsoft's move after a tipster pointed him toward a support document on the company's site.
More...

Finally. Maybe they are coming around with not inconveniencing legit customers.

Or, they are developing something even more ridiculous.
It's a bit of a misnomer. The only thing they stopped using is "Office Genuine Validation" when downloading updates, etc. All other anti-piracy initiatives are still in place...keys, blacklisted keys, etc. It's not a free-for-all now.
Dito
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25 Dec 2010   #25
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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Finally. Maybe they are coming around with not inconveniencing legit customers.

Or, they are developing something even more ridiculous.
It's a bit of a misnomer. The only thing they stopped using is "Office Genuine Validation" when downloading updates, etc. All other anti-piracy initiatives are still in place...keys, blacklisted keys, etc. It's not a free-for-all now.
Still, it's a good thing that they got rid of this because it's one of the more annoying anti-piracy tricks that Microsoft uses. They even got sued over it a few times. It's really not necessary as long as they can blacklist keys that they suspect are being used by pirates.
It was only annoying for those trying to use the software illegally.
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27 Dec 2010   #26
Robert Cartman

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Genuine Microsoft Software

No validation for windows anymore?

Soory it is only moved to here: http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/
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27 Dec 2010   #27
nailgunner

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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Genuine Microsoft Software

No validation for windows anymore?

Soory it is only moved to here: Genuine Microsoft Software
I'm not 100% sure, but wayyyy back on page one, the original posting was about them validating Office. There was a general discussion about the pros and cons on the usefulness of validation as a whole, but I'm not sure anyone suggested they are doing away with Windows Validation.
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27 Dec 2010   #28
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Robert Cartman, nice fine. Makes one wonder if people actually do download these validations.
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27 Dec 2010   #29
IownAmoneyPit

Windows 7 Pro x 2/Windows 10 Home/10 Pro//Windows 10 Insider Preview ?
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lee View Post
Robert Cartman, nice fine. Makes one wonder if people actually do download these validations.
Yes we do
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