Microsoft Shuts Down Office Genuine Advantage

In a surprise move, Microsoft has announced that it will shut down its Office Genuine Advantage program, which pesters users of Microsoft Office with warnings that certain features would only work if their software is not pirated. The company did not explain in detail why the sudden change of heart, only going as far as stating that the program has “served its purpose” and that Microsoft is “making… new investments that will allow us to engage with customers and help victims of fraud.”

Whether or not this move would mean the end of the even-more-dreaded Windows Genuine Advantage still remains a question, but in the meantime, Office users can continue downloading templates from without being reminded that they are tolerating software piracy.

Source: ZDNet, via Engadget

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