Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Office Genuine Advantage Program

Paul Lilly

Microsoft said goodbye to its little friend, Office Genuine Advantage (OGA), and quietly shut down the program last Thursday .

What that means for Office users is they're now able to download add-ins and templates without having to jump through any validation hoops to confirm that their copy is legit and not some black-market version or BitTorrent download.

"The Office Genuine Advantage ("OGA") program has been retired. For more information about the benefits of genuine Office, please visit the following website: Benefits of genuine Office ," Microsoft wrote in Support Knowledge Base article 917999.

Anyone going to miss this? Anyone?

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