Paul Thurrott is a pirate?

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  1. saunders45 macrumors 6502a

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  2. Voidness macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I guess this is how Mircosoft deals with its fanboys :p
     
  3. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    This isn't a case of biting the hand that feeds you; more like biting the lip that kisses your butt.

    M$ is really on a roll these days. :D
     
  4. solvs macrumors 603

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    I now officially hate the word genuine. I hope Apple never does this. That would suck.
     
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    I love the wording of the webpages informing you that you can buy a legitimate product key. How's it a 'Special Offer'? :p
     
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    GOOD! It makes reinstalling easier :D
    Well, it's not like they haven't done it before...
     
  7. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Microsoft looses a considerable amount of revenue from the loss of Windows XP licensing fees. So many bootleg their copy vice purchasing a legitimate copy.

    I like the way Apple does theirs. No key is required.

    I wonder what would happen if Microsoft went to a no key system. I would imagine that their revenues would continue to drop.
     
  8. Motley macrumors 6502

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    Most of their revenues come from office, selling copies of windows to computer companies like Dell and site licenses to companies. I don't think they actually make a lot selling windows directly to individuals.
     
  9. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    How many people actually bootleg their windows? Most people I've seen have at some point in time brought a system with windows on, giving them an OEM licence. Even if that machine no longer exists, they still own the licence.

    Click-through EULAs linking the OEM to the machine are of very dubious validity in most places, and I can't recall any court case in the UK that supported Microsoft's particular licence rule forbidding transferring your licence to a different machine.

    Against that, there are scores of people who have had no choice but to pay the microsoft monopoly tax, buying Windows even tho their first action is to reformat the disk and load up Linux.

    It's slightly easier now to buy a prebuilt PC without Windows, but it was rather difficult for a while.
     
  10. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    Well, if Apple did do something like this, at least it would look good. :p :eek:
     
  11. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    Selling software is Microsoft's bread and butter. It would make sense for them to put that kind of activation in their software. If a bunch of people pirated iLife, so what? Apple makes their money from selling computers and iPod.
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Ha Ha Paul Thurrott :p :D

    This phrase made be burst out laughing! :D


    If that was the truth, then why is it taking Vista sooooo loooooong to be released? :rolleyes:
     
  13. solvs macrumors 603

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    Terrible management.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Indeed. I don't know what it is, but every picture of that man I've ever seen has given me the creeps. I still stand firmly behind my belief that he is addicted to crystal meth.
     
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  16. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Very true solvs.

    He is rather creepy. :p
     

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