Microsoft kills off Office Genuine Advantage

Microsoft has quietly killed off its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA)anti-piracy measure after it became clear it was hindering legitimate users whilst having no effect on software pirates. The only indication of OGA's demisebeing a note on Microsoft's supportwebsite,uncovered by ZDNet,stating: "

Microsoft has quietly killed off its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) anti-piracy measure after it became clear it was hindering legitimate users whilst having no effect on software pirates.

The only indication of OGA's demise being a note on Microsoft's support website, uncovered by ZDNet, stating: "Office Genuine Advantage has been retired."

Microsoft is now directing users to a page listing the advantages of using genuine software.

OGA required end-users to validate their Office installation in order to download updates or add-ons to the software package.

Security measures in place around initial activation of the Office suite, and validation procedures for Windows as a whole, are understood to be unaffected.

In a statement sent to MicroScope, Microsoft said the OGA scheme was designed to notify customers whether their copy of Office was genuine.

"The programme served its purpose and thus we have decided to retire the programme".

It added, "We are making several new investments that will allow us to engage with customers and help victims of fraud".

The firm did not comment further.

 

MicroScope+

Content

Find more MicroScope+ content and other member only offers, here.

Read more on Business Intelligence Tools and Services

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

ComputerWeekly

SearchITChannel

Close