The Redmond giant is about to unleash its next generation operating system on the poor unsuspecting world. Vista should be starting to rear its ugly head sometime early next year.

There have been a number of news articles recently about how Vista has been designed to prevent software piracy. I am sure that everyone is in agreement that software piracy is a bad thing, and that everyone has a right to protect their intellectual property. What is not quite so black and white is what is an acceptable plan to protect this property.

The Vista solution is to degrade its self to the extent that it becomes pretty much unusable. This solution may appear to be acceptable, however if you examine Microsofts success rate with its Windows Genuine Advantage Program you find that many customers fell foul of it even though they were the legal owners of a valid Windows license.

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Simon Barrett


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