Will Microsoft muzzle the software that cries wolf?
Despite the criticism leveled at Microsoft Corp. after the recent rollout -- and rollback -- of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), experts say that effort was just the first phase in the company's latest antipiracy effort, dubbed the Genuine Software Initiative.
In fact, the initiative -- which will include a similar campaign in the near term called Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) to fight piracy of Microsoft's dominant productivity software suite -- is tied in the long term with how Microsoft and other vendors will sell and deliver software.
"It's getting to the point where we're getting 'Advantaged' left and right," said Lauren Weinstein, a Woodland Hills, Calif.-based IT consultant and co-founder of the pro-privacy group People for Internet Responsibility. "The issue is, whose advantage is it?" Will Microsoft muzzle the software that cries wolf?
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