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?
| "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.

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".

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


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.

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.
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.