Use Vista for Mahjong says Microsoft

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| Wait a second. The number four greatest thing about Vista is Mahjong? That
| must be a joke. I reloaded the page just to make sure. Check the date, it
| might be an April fools day joke. Nope, it's for real. The number four
| reason for going to Vista is to play Mahjong. I had to pass this on to
| MacMod readers, as I hope you get a laugh out of this also. In case you were
| wondering, here's the other 3.5 reasons to switch to Vista.

Expert Restates That Microsoft Knowingly Included Loophole

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| While he could change his words under scathing criticism from a Microsoft
| exec, one Windows expert continues to insist they knowingly left the upgrade
| door open

Microsoft Wields Sarcasm to Defend Vista License

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| No, Microsoft says, just because you can do it doesn't mean it's legal.

They still rely on copyrights infringement, by their very own admission. It's
crocodile tears. They must, for example, allow people in China to use Windows
for free. Bill Gates says it's easier to compete with Linux that way (Fortune
Magazine article, IIRC, from 2007).

There are shill 'studies' at the moment, including one from Forrester.
Microsoft is pulling old tricks to scare people who stay out of Vista or move
to other operating systems.


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.