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Microsoft to fight piracy with Windows Vista

To fight software piracy, Microsoft has introduced a new set of anti-piracy technologies termed "Microsoft Software Protection Platform".

These technologies will be introduced in the upcoming releases of Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn".
Other Microsoft products will eventually follow suit.

Microsoft Software Protection Platform will primarily :
1. Improve Product Activation.
2. Use Online Product Validation.
3. Behave when tampering or hacking is detected.

Simply put it, it introduces new ways for Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” to activate, validate as genuine, and behave when tampered with or hacked.

Non-genuine Windows Vista software users will have reduced functionality from the OS and they will be notified if their copy of Windows Vista is determined to be non-genuine with the appearance of a persistent statement in the lower right hand corner of their desktop space that reads, “This copy of Windows is not genuine.”.

Users of software that do not pass validation will have access to critical security updates anyway.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, October 06, 2006


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