Panicking Users Rail Against Microsoft Anti-piracy Crackdown
“Oh my god, what is it going to be like? My screen goes black once and for all? When I first heard the news I thought it was a scam,” said Internet company staffer Chen Shanli, when asked by China.org.cn about Microsoft’s recent controversial decision to crack down on Windows XP piracy.
On October 15, Microsoft announced that it would launch WGA and OGA in China next week in order to crack down on the use of pirated software. WGA is an updated service aimed at Windows XP, the biggest piracy victim among Microsoft operating systems. This will be OGA’s first introduction to China, covering users of Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007. The announcement has caused consternation among Chinese users, both individual and corporate.
According to various polls carried out by Chinese portals such as Sohu.com, QQ.com, 21cn.com, and many others, more than 60 percent of Chinese Internet users are hostile to Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) and Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) which will warn pirated software users by turning their desktops black or by popping up warning windows every two hours.
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