By Harry McCracken | Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm
Via ZDnet’s Ed Bott, interesting news: Microsoft has ended “Office Genuine Advantage,” a bit of copy protection which required you to show your copy of Office was legit before you could get certain downloads.
I imagine this has more to do with them losing business to competition than anything else. Office has really taken a tumble over the last ten years. EVERYONE used to have Office. Now there are only a handful of users outside of business that use it. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
A step in the right direction, but I still won't buy any Microsoft product. It will take a lot for Microsoft to win me back or to even consider something it makes.
While I do think businesses need to protect against piracy, some go to painful lengths and can be annoying. I welcome this move though.
I won't be welcoming Google as my overlord, the silence by the media of their dodgy and shoddy tactics and oliopolistic practises is disappointing, journalists are meant to be objective. LibreOffice, Go-oo, KOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony and OpenOffice.org on OpenSuse are all much better than Google's suite and have better MS Office compatibility.