Updated genuine Web site

Earlier today we rolled out an updated look and feel  to the Genuine Microsoft Software Web site.  I  wanted to take a minute here to update you on what changed and what we have planned for future updates to the site. What changed? The new look and feel is now more consistent with other Microsoft…

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New How to Tell Counterfeit Gallery Design and Features

Recently, we launched a new design for the How to Tell Counterfeit Gallery.  The design includes new navigation, is based on Microsoft Silverlight, and makes it easier to view the different categories of available counterfeit samples. The more that people can learn about the different types of counterfeit software that are out there, the easier…

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Research whitepaper shows companies using more unlicensed Windows software are at greater risk

Today Microsoft is posting a commissioned study conducted by The Harrison Group to determine whether there is a high correlation between the presence of unlicensed software in mid-market companies and IT related problems those companies might face. Not surprisingly companies that have more counterfeit software in their environment tend to have more IT related problems….

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Update to WGA Notifications for Windows XP Professional

Starting this week, we will begin deployment of the latest version of WGA Notifications for Windows XP.  In addition to the usual updates to validation that improve WGA’s ability to detect the latest stolen or fake product keys and other attempts to circumvent product activation, this release will also include a couple of other significant…

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Counterfeit software, identity theft and repeat offenders…

I saw a recent DOJ case the other day that highlights the risks of buying counterfeit software. The DOJ press release (PDF link) says that the individual who sold the counterfeit software through online auctions also utilized a keylogger to capture account numbers and passwords send them back to himself. This case is a good example of…

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Taking the next step with Windows Vista SP1

Back in December, I mentioned some changes were coming with WGA in Windows Vista.  I want to say first that I’m excited about the step forward we’re taking with SP1 and proud of the work that has gone into it. I’m excited both about the changes we’ve made to the user experience that we talked…

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Microsoft supports IP awareness in schools

I wanted to call out some work done by some colleagues of mine. A study was released yesterday about teenagers’ opinions on illegal downloading.  The study indicates only 11% of teens surveyed completely understood the rules about downloading from the Internet – in fact, 49% say they aren’t at all familiar with the guidelines for downloading…

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