Microsoft works with local Chinese govt. of Hangzhou to reduce piracy

As I write this post I’m about to depart China after a week of travelling through three cities and visiting with dozens of customers and partners and also locally based colleagues. While I was here our Beijing office announced a plan to work with the government of the city of Hangzhou to reduce piracy while Microsoft works…

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Pirated Windows 7 RC builds a botnet

Just a quick follow up on my recent post about the Windows 7 RC being available over bittorrent sites but with malware embedded. There are now reports, such as this one from cnet, that the malware infected downloads were actually building a botnet. It is being reported that the botnet added over 25,000 clients in…

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New BSA Piracy Rates for 2008

In the last few days the Business Software Alliance has released the BSA Global Software Piracy Study for 2008. The study establishes piracy rates for all packaged software products in over 100 countries. This year’s results were mixed with over half of the countries included seeing their rate decline. The rates also declined for many of…

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Windows Activation Technologies: Activation and Validation in Windows 7

Earlier today we posted on Microsoft’s Press Pass site an interview with our group’s General Manager, Joe Williams. In the interview he discusses our approach to anti-piracy in Windows 7. The full details can be found here; but basically the interview covered the following points. The Windows 7 activation experience will be familiar to users…

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Windows 7 RC torrent files infected with trojan

Wow that was fast, though I don’t suppose I should be surprised. Earlier this evening I visited the blog of a colleague of mine and saw in a post of his (thanks M3!) that leaked Windows 7 RC files that were obtained through bittorrent have been found to have been infected with a trojan. I say that I…

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