Microsoft considers users running pirated copies of its software as victims of the piracy phenomenon. And although in some cases, end users are themselves pirates, in others, customers indeed fall victim to counterfeiters that sell them bootlegged products masqueraded as genuine. The Redmond-based company is well aware that in certain cases, the bootleggers use advanced technology to replicate Microsoft software, to the point where even its own employees can barely tell the difference between genuine and pirated products. This is why the software giant is offering How to Tell
to customers, an online resource that allows them to compare the products they acquired against genuine software, and see whether they were tricked into buying pirated products or not.