Microsoft's anti-piracy system known (and loathed) as Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA
) is set to lose its bite. When Vista SP1
launches in early 2008, WGA will still identify -- ad-nauseam -- what it thinks to be non-legal copies of Vista. However, it will lose its ability to disable said systems. The change was announced in a presentation by WGA senior product manger, Alex Kochis, who said, "Based on customer feedback, we will not
reduce user functionality on systems determined to be non-genuine." That should bring a swift end to WGA customer complaints
related to false-positives, spyware concerns, or server glitches
. Score one point for law-abiding citizens everywhere.
, thanks Daniel S.]