Microsoft has WGA rethink

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Microsoft has WGA rethink

Software giant simplifys program following end-user criticism.

Microsoft has simplified its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy technology following end-user criticism.

As revealed by CRN Online, WGA requires end-users to allow Microsoft to remotely check the authenticity of their Windows software (CRN, 2 May). However, Microsoft has created a standard end-user licence agreement that it has claimed will more clearly explain the purpose of WGA.

The technology also no longer checks for a genuine Windows version at every log-on.

Michala Alexander, UK head of Microsoft’s anti-piracy program, told CRN that WGA was a constantly evolving program.

“We are responding to the negative feedback we had on the program from end-users,” she said. “These are the issues end-users were most concerned about.”
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