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Vista to take hard stand against piracy

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Vista will take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the usefulness of computers found to be running unlicensed copies of the new software.

The world's largest software maker said Wednesday that people running a version of Windows Vista that it believes is pirated will initially be denied access to some of the most anticipated Vista features. That includes Windows Aero, an improved graphics technology.

If a legitimate copy is not bought within 30 days, the system will curtail functionality much further by restricting users to just the Web browser for an hour at a time, said Thomas Lindeman, Microsoft senior product manager.

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FordGTGuy4005d ago

about damn time and I hope those pirating bastards learn that software takes money to make to.

specialguest4005d ago

i like getting everything for free. i have at least 10K worth of pirated softwares right now and that doesn't include PC games. yes, i know it's scum like that that make things bad for the honest paying people.

Landa4005d ago

Wow I must owe a million to gaming company and another million to the film companies not to mention I stole over 3 millions dollars in software

FordGTGuy4005d ago

that 10k dollars worth of software took some hardwork to make and then even more money then you could imagine. Get a job and buy the it. You guy complaing about the U.S. economey and then you go and get a bunch of pirated software. good job.