is facing yet another lawsuit over its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)
antipiracy software. This time, a class-action lawsuit was filed against
Microsoft in the U.S. District Court in Seattle. The plaintiffs’ complaints in
this case mirror those of a suit filed last week. InfoWorld reports:
The new suit lists its
plaintiff as Engineered Process Controls and Univex, along with citizens Edward
Misfud, David DiDomizio, and Martin Sifuentes, who are listed as owners of
licensed copies of Windows XP running WGA. The suit alleges WGA is spyware and
that Microsoft misled consumers by labeling it as a critical security update.
The plaintiffs maintain Microsoft did not make users aware that WGA frequently
contacted its central servers.
Microsoft has already released a new version of its
WGA utility which doesn't phone home as often and released instructions on how to remove
the older WGA software from machines through some registry editing. Some
programmers have even gone so far as to release a
small software utility which removes the software without users having to
weed through the Windows registry.
quote: ...I understand them wanting to protect there IPs...some of us work on sensitive material and have IPs of our own that we would rather keep private.
quote: Easy answer-- yes, of course it would. I've used a few software packages (in markets with far more active competitors than desktop OSes) that are enormously more restrictive than WGA. Products which "phone home" every time you try to use them...and which, if they fail to obtain a valid key, shut down fully.
quote: Another easy answer. Because Microsoft began as a desktop OS. Its entry into the server market is relatively late.
Another important factor is that standardization is less critical in the server arena. Most servers are dedicated to one or two applications. As long as you have those applications working on your OS, you don't much care about interoperability, available of other software, or any other factors.