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Microsoft this week plans to update the Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy mechanism for Windows XP Professional, which the software giant claims is the most oft-pirated version of Windows. After the update, WGA notifications for XP will be the same as they are for Windows Vista service pack 1, said Alex Kochis, senior product manager in the Windows Genuine Advantage group, in a Tuesday blog post.
That means users whose copies of XP fail validation will see a black background the next time they log in. Although users will be free to switch to their background of choice, the black screen will return every 60 minutes until they validate their copy, and they'll also see a watermark with a logo that reads "Ask For Genuine Microsoft Software."
According to Kochis, this will make it easier for XP users to install and stay up to date with the latest release of WGA notifications. "Our research has clearly shown that customers value the ability of Windows to alert them when they may have software that is not genuine, but they also want the ability to stay up to date with the least effort required on their part," he wrote.
WGA is designed to combat piracy by installing software on users' PCs that periodically checks to see if their version of Windows is authentic before allowing them to download updates. However, WGA has been a source of frustration for many users since it was launched in 2005, due to several incidents in which genuine users have been mistakenly identified as pirates.
Prior to the release of Vista service pack 1, Vista copies that failed WGA validation would enter a reduced functionality mode in which certain features were disabled, but Microsoft changed to the black screen nagging approach when it released Vista SP1. SOURCE: http://www.crn.in/Software-002Sept008-Windows-XP-Piracy-Badgering-Set-To-Begin.aspx
Adobe India has decided an aggressive campaign to curb piracy. The campaign, which targets both end users and businesses in India that are using and profiting from pirated Adobe software, began in New Delhi with a number of enforcement activities whereby hundreds of unlicensed copies of Adobe products were siezed.
"The campaign will be a combination of education and enforcement measures. We will educate customers about the risks associated with using pirated software as it is often corrupt, can breach personal and business information security, and even interrupt business continuity as businesses recover from the damages. We will work alongside local governments and agencies to identify resellers, businesses and end-users who produce, distribute and sell unauthorized copies of Adobe software," said Sandeep Mehrotra, director of sales at Adobe India.
According to the recent survey released by piracy watchdog, Business Software Alliance (BSA), 69 percent of PC software was obtained illegally in 2007. Additionally, an IDC economic impact study released in January of this year found that reducing PC software piracy in India by ten percentage over a period of four years could generate an additional 44,000 new jobs, $3.1 billion in economic growth, and $200 million in tax revenues. Source: http://www.crn.in/Security-007Aug008-Adobe-Embarks-on-Antipiracy-Drive.aspx
Imation India has launched the Memorex range of uni-retractable laser mouse. Priced at Rs 600, the mouse is available in green, blue and white and features a patented retractable mechanism that pulls or hides cables ensuring less clutter. It also features optical laser technology that ensures precise cursor control with no mouse ball to clean. The three button mice are ergonomically designed so that both left-handed and right-handed find it easy to use and also has a scroll wheel for better navigation. The peripheral has 1,600 dpi resolution, and have both USB and PS/2 connectors. Source: http://www.crn.in/Hardware-001Sept008-Imation-Launches-Memorex-Mice.aspx