Microsoft's Office Genuine Advantage Copy Protection is Genuinely Gone

By  |  Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Via ZDnet’s  Ed Bott, interesting news: Microsoft has ended “Office Genuine Advantage,” a bit of copy protection which required you to show your copy of Office was legit before you could get certain downloads.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Stilgar Says:

    I imagine this has more to do with them losing business to competition than anything else. Office has really taken a tumble over the last ten years. EVERYONE used to have Office. Now there are only a handful of users outside of business that use it. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

  2. IcyFog Says:

    A step in the right direction, but I still won't buy any Microsoft product. It will take a lot for Microsoft to win me back or to even consider something it makes.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    While I do think businesses need to protect against piracy, some go to painful lengths and can be annoying. I welcome this move though.

    I won't be welcoming Google as my overlord, the silence by the media of their dodgy and shoddy tactics and oliopolistic practises is disappointing, journalists are meant to be objective. LibreOffice, Go-oo, KOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony and on OpenSuse are all much better than Google's suite and have better MS Office compatibility.