Vista 'Trick' Theorist Defends Loophole Claims

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| Microsoft denied this, and last week, Eric Ligman, Microsoft's senior manager
| of community engagement for small business in the U.S., railed against
| unnamed sources he accused of spreading misinformation and promoting software
| piracy.
|
| [...]
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| Livingston notes that Microsoft documents the procedure in its Knowledge Base
| through several "well thought-out" dialogue boxes. "If this is so bad, why
| didn't Microsoft eliminate it from Vista SP1?
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| "In the future, can responsible corporate users be assured that Vista service
| pack 2 will still have this feature? Will Microsoft assure us publicly that
| they'll keep this trick if it comes out with an SP2 for Vista?" Livingston
| said.
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http://www.crn.com/software/207400110

Microsoft Exec Lashes Out At Users, Journalists Over Vista Upgrade Loophole

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| One Microsoft executive is rather ticked at sneaky users and their "hacks".
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http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+E...ticle11502.htm

This contradicts what Microsoft says about requiring what it call 'piracy'.


Related:

Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
|
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.
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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Micro...cy-50577.shtml


Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
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| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.
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http://observer.guardian.co.uk/busin...956941,00.html