Microsoft is doing everything within
its power to deter pirates from using unauthorized copies of Windows
Vista. Its latest move disables a key feature in Vista, but is it enough to deter pirates?
Microsoft's latest strategy is to
the fancy Aero Glass user interface for pirated copies of Windows
Vista. A Microsoft representative told CNET yesterday that a software
check will be in place to verify the authenticity of a Windows Vista
install. "Those who are not running genuine Windows will not be
able to take advantage of the Windows Aero user experience."
Pirates will join the poor souls who
don't have enough graphics horsepower to enjoy features such as
windows and Flip3D.
While the final hardware requirements are not available for Vista --
besides requiring a genuine copy of the operating system -- a user's
graphics card will need a Vista-specific WDDM driver, at least
1.8GB/sec of memory bandwidth and a minimum amount of graphics memory
based on screen resolution.
In the end, I feel that disabling Aero
Glass isn't enough for pirates -- I say shut down the whole operating
system. A quick check shows that an OEM copy of Windows XP Home, XP
Professional or XP Media Center Edition can be had for $90, $145 and
$115 respectively. Is that too much to ask for an operating system
that you will likely be using everyday for the next four to five
quote: No, way! Microsoft cares deeply about sales of Windows to home users. Home users account for a significant portion of Windows sales, and also a good portion of the near-future growth in sales of Windows, i.e., due to HTPC sales.
quote: Whatever you sell (I'm assuming you sell/produce something), do you give it for free to anyone who needs it?
quote: MS does more than its share to bring both hardware and software (and other things) to countries/people that have difficulty obtaining them.
quote: Like students in middle/east Europe (as myself..). Ok, I don't say pirating is good, they should at least try the free alternatives, but what you state is not true everywhere.
quote: No laws in the world allow people to steal stuffs from other people.
quote: We will never have realistic OS pricing from Microsoft because they have a realistic monopoly on the market.
quote: Is that too much to ask for an operating system that you will likely be using everyday for the next four to five years
quote: Yeah , actually it si too much to ask 90$ for such a piece of crap calle Windows . I can buy a cheap computer for 300 $ and I need to pay another 100 $ for Windows ? Average wage is 200 $ a month and there are ppl that make even less so stop being so ignorant cause not everybody lives in the US or EU and makes thousands of $ a month .
quote: Do I disagree with the outrageous prices nope.