Shamelessly undeterred by all the problems users are having with recent Windows Updates, Microsoft, yesterday, announced that it is now planning to crack down on pirated copies of Windows 7.
As I tell my daughter, “Yep, pigs will fly.”
I have been railing for Microsoft to take some action against pirated Windows 7 since November 22, 2009.
On February 4, 2010, I called Microsoft unpatriotic for not cracking down on pirated copies of Windows 7. Giving Windows 7 away for free deprives the US government of much needed taxes!
Microsoft plans to start using ‘Windows Activation Technologies‘ (WAT), née Windows Genuine Advantage (WAG), starting February 16, 2010 to check for pirated copies of Windows 7.
But, it is a VOLUNTARY update! It is OPTIONAL.
Wow. Real bold Microsoft.
Microsoft is NOT serious about cracking down on pirated Windows 7.
Simple. Only way it can RETAIN market share is by giving away Windows 7 for free. If it cracked down on pirated copies of Windows 7 it will lose customers. So it is giving away FREE Windows 7 to maintain market share. They can fool most, but I have been around this block too many times.
Yes, yes, I know ALL about the timing. Last week Microsoft won the lawsuit against it that WAG violated user privacy.
Plus, MOST have forgotten. As of March 1, 2010, copies of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) will start having ‘bihourly’ shutdowns. That means copies of Windows 7 RC will start automatically shutting down every 30 minutes or 2 hours. Nice. I bet MOST that are still running RC have forgotten about this and think that they are golden till June 10, 2010. So, starting March 1 there will be more pirated copies obtained and installed … and just read that a third of all pirated copies of Windows 7 are infected.
All this is a joke. Windows 7 is rapidly becoming a joke, THANKS to Microsoft.
Well, just in case you missed my point … DO NOT install the optional, voluntary WAT update to check the legitimacy of your copy of Windows 7. Given Microsoft’s current track record with
KB977074 and KB978262 this WAT update will most likely KILL genuine copies of Windows 7 and leave untouched the pirated copies.
I am totally convinced that Microsoft is 100% committed to sustaining pirated copies of Windows 7 … to maintain market share … because idiot research firms like IDC (Incorrect Data Corporation) will report the pirated copies when they talk about Microsoft’s market share.