Microsoft has recruited a new ally in its eternal battle with software piracy. The technology is referred to the Software Protection Platform. And to explain it all, Microsoft's director of Genuine Software Initiative is interviewed on the company's website.
She cries a little over the billions of software revenues that are lost to illegal software, and then stats to explain how Microsoft plans to entice pirates to purchase a legitimate Windows copy: by limiting advanced features like the Areo user interface, Windows Defender security and ReadyBoost acceleration to users of verified Windows Vista versions.
All this isn’t so bad, you might think. Most pirates at least might rather put up with the limited feates instead of paying $200 for a licensed copy of the operating system.
But Hartje conveniently leaves out the most far reaching part of the technology: a kill switch that will render pirated copies completely useless.
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