__/ [ Mathew P. ] on Saturday 06 May 2006 03:37 \__
> On 2006-05-06, nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx spake thusly:
>> "Microsoft may make it mandatory for Windows users to prove they have a
>> genuine copy of Windows - or Office -- in order to get updates from
>> Automatic Update or Windows Update.
When I come to think of it, Windows is the only piece of software which I
have ever paid for in my entire life (excluding games). And not because I
wanted to. It was included among 'taxation' for new workstations, which is
something Microsoft that rely on for income. It's almost as though the
customer cannot _sense_ the fee.
>> "As part of the notification service, customers who opt-in to the pilot
>> and are found to be running non-genuine versions of Windows will get a
>> message during log-on that they are running non genuine Windows and
>> will be directed to the WGA web site for details or a recommendation,
>> Microsoft said.
>> "Microsoft said if the customer chooses not to obtain a legal copy of
>> Windows at that time, they "will receive reminders" until they are
>> running genuine Windows,
In the mean time, while unpatched, they will remain the targets, victims, and
accomplices of 'botnets', which despatch SPAM and launch DDOS attack.
>> "Microsoft on Thursday said it filed lawsuits against eDirectSoftware
>> of Montana and two Chicago-area resellers -- Nathan Ballog and Easy
>> Computers-- for allegedly distributing illegal copies of Windows.
>> "In the case against Nathan Ballog, for example, Microsoft said it
>> received electronic evidence of alleged wrongdoing via its Windows
>> Genuine Advantage (WGA) online program."
> You are all witnessing history, folks. Someday, your grandchildren are
> going to be asking you, "Grandpa, Do you remember where you were, and what
> you were doing, when Microsoft Died?"
It will *not* happen overnight. But it *is* happening. Search engine dropped
from 14% to 11% in just one quarter; Vista, Office, Origami are delayed;
XBox 360 accumulates heavy losses due to its higher-than-expected cost and
mechanical issues that force a replacements. Among many other things...
MSFT will drop another 10% before it gets to see that rebound Ballmer craves.
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