Chinese File Lawsuits Over Msoft's Piracy Crack Down

As expected, Microsoft's controversial anti-piracy programs » 10/31/08 1:45am 10/31/08 1:45am have raised a big fuss in China, where a good amount of companies are probably using not-so-legal versions of Windows on all their work computers. One Beijing lawyer made a submission to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, suggesting a $1…

Microsoft Cracking Down On Pirated Software in China, Probably Starting…

Microsoft has expanded its latest WGA initiative — you know, the one that turns your computer off » 10/23/08 7:20am 10/23/08 7:20am every hour — to China. An guess what! Since the majority of Chinese computer users run unauthorized copies of Windows, they're . Of course, there are plenty of good discussions to be had about how measures like…

Microsoft Upgrades Its Nagware For Windows XP

MJF at ZDNet reports that Microsoft is slowly rolling out a new version of Windows Genuine Advantage for Windows XP Professional in the next few months that's going to change the way it nags about using pirated versions. Instead of the kill switch, which was in Vista, the XP versions that WGA decides are "non-genuine"… » 8/26/08 6:50pm 8/26/08 6:50pm

Apple Patent Copies Windows Genuine Advantage DRM: Will It Be Just as…

Most people are familiar with Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage program—whenever you have to "validate" Windows, that's WGA in action. Since there is no copy protection on OS X, lifelong Mac users might be unfamiliar with this whole idea. Don't worry, it looks like you might get acquainted real soon! Apple has a… » 12/26/07 7:00pm 12/26/07 7:00pm