Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Office Genuine Advantage Program

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ShyLinuxGuy

Microsoft should do the same for Windows...A few weeks ago I downloaded a trial version of Windows Server 2008 R2 from Microsoft's website to kind of "learn" about it, and needed to run the little "Genuine Check" program in order to proceed. I think Microsoft should dump WGA and use a hardware-based antipiracy solution, something like a SIM card in a cell phone that is inserted on the motherboard. It's a win-win situation: there is less of a worry of piracy, and for the user, there's no more of this annoying garbage. Uh-oh, I could've sold this idea to Microsoft but I just had to open my mouth! Darn it!

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compro01

It's called a dongle.  They've been in use for longer than Windows has existed and they're plenty annoying too.

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livebriand

I wonder why they'd do that. Let's hope WGA gets retired too. I won't miss either.

 

***Heads to bittorrent***

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COMMANDER_COOK

They are probably going to build on WGA to cover more of their products.

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whitneymr

I won't miss it, my legit copy would some times get flagged as counterfeit.

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orca11

I won't miss it at all, especially now that I have the TSA to violate me for roughly the same price.

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Eoraptor

Amen to that

I'll miss this about as much as my migrane headaches

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