Windows with all its faults and problems is still the most popular computer operating system around. That also means it is one of the most pirated operating systems around.
Piracy of the Windows operating system is so rampant that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced in February of this year that piracy was to blame for slow Vista sales. Ironically, a month after the piracy is to blame for slow sales announcement; Microsoft came back touting its brisk sales figures for Windows Vista.
By July of 2007, Microsoft had sold 60 million copies of Windows Vista and proudly proclaimed it intended to ship 1 billion copies by 2008. In an effort to stop pirates from selling illegal copies of Vista, Microsoft introduced a reduced functionality mode in September of 2007. The same month Microsoft announced it would downgrade Vista haters to Windows XP.
This week Microsoft announced that its Vista SP1 would directly target users running illegal copies of Vista. Microsoft Corporate vice president of Windows product marketing Michael Sievert said in an interview this week, “While piracy rates are hard to measure precisely, we’re seeing indications from internal metrics, like WGA validation failures, that the Windows Vista piracy rate is less than half that of Windows XP today.”
Armchair analysts claim the reason the Vista piracy rate is half that of XP is that even pirates expect a stable operating system. Microsoft however attributes this reduction in piracy to the increased security measures in Windows Vista.
The company claims to date it has pursued legal action against more than 1,000 dealers of counterfeit Microsoft products. Microsoft also says that Vista SP1 will directly address hacks enabling counterfeiters to activate illegal copies of Vista.
Sievert, a realist, has an easy explanation for the lack of piracy on Windows Vista. "We know that Windows Vista is a lot harder to counterfeit than Windows XP, but we also know that pirates will keep trying," he closes.
quote: Vista is quicker and more stable than XP was. I'll likely never go back. Good job, Microsoft.
quote: The Matrix sucked, and I agree
quote: and if M$ don't include IE pre-installed, just how the .... do you plan on downloading firefox eh?
quote: XP with no service packVista witn no service pack and see which one is actually better.
quote: It's the fact that it requires more resources over XP for virtually no reason.
quote: Continuing to intentionally slow down a 2D interface makes no sense. If anything, it should be getting optimized and performing faster with each new iteration. There isn't so much improvement going on anymore as there is marketing an aesthetic and forcing obsolescence.
quote: MS wants to keep selling operating systems at short intervals, and they will add pointless design quirks that don't even improve performance to do it.
quote: It doesn't matter that they could keep improving XP for much longer because that isn't the most profitable model.
quote: People need to realize that we are beginning to see the drawbacks to their API control and monopoly on PC gaming. They can effectively force you now to upgrade to a new operating system to play the latest games, and it really hasn't got much to do with hardware.
quote: now require a little more from the hardware
quote: all of the new features and functionality.
quote: The memory management, pre-fretching, page file size increase, new diagnostics applications running in the background, Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, new security sub-systems, many new services and objects
quote: As the interface and features of an operating system get more complex, so must the trade off between performance and functionality.
quote: Microsoft would have to release a new revision called XP2 and would require a fresh install....
quote: Gee, I wonder why Firefox and Office 2007 starts up quicker than in XP on the same machine.
quote: I wonder why if I leave my computer alone for 24 hours and come back to it, it doesn't take a ton of hard drive grinding before my open programs are responsive again.
quote: I wonder why there were a few games (using ATi cards) that actually ran at the same speed as on XP (HardOCP tests).
quote: making blind blanket statements.
quote: Not true. As the interface and features of an operating system get more complex, so must the trade off between performance and functionality.
quote: Tell this to Symantec, McAfee, Cisco, Apple, etc..... Tell them, just improve the existing thing, it's ok. We don't care if you aren't making a profit as a company, because as a company it's all about us little consumers... Yea, not really. Companies are in business to make money,