05 October 2007

Seeking market share, Microsoft removes WGA anti-piracy check from IE7

Seeking market share, Microsoft removes WGA anti-piracy check from IE7

Aww.... wittle baby's market share wasn't incweasing fast ennuf, so wittle baby had to wemove DRM? Aww....

Apparently -- and I've blogged about this before -- there's a much bigger community of pirated copies of Windows running out there than anyone thought. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft actually had to change software specifications to suit them.

De facto acceptance of piracy? Feel-good measure designed to protect as many people as possible? Simple desire to have as big a market share as possible? You be the judge.

To me, it's just another reminder that a business has absolutely no qualms whatsoever about doing whatever is possible to please shareholders -- if Microsoft thinks it can show off an increased market share to shareholders by cooperating with software pirates, they'll do so. Don't you doubt it for a minute.

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