Continuing the Fight Against Piracy

Continuing the Fight Against Piracy

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I wanted to add my thoughts to the blog following Alex’s departure from Microsoft last week, and give our readers a little bit of insight into our focus for the new year.

Alex, you’ve been a key part of Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts for many years and I think I speak for the company in saying a heartfelt thank you for your years of service.  I personally enjoyed having you on my staff – your depth of experience and strategic insights have been invaluable, and we all extend best wishes to you in your new venture.  I’m sure we’ll cross paths many times in the future - we’re certainly not slowing down in our efforts to combat piracy, and I’m sure that is the same with you.

Looking forward, Microsoft needs to continue its leadership in fighting piracy – for its own benefit and for the industry, but most importantly for customers.  After closing out 2009 in December with a global Consumer Action Day, we kick off 2010 with our commitment to continue our fight against piracy, especially with Microsoft’s investment in its Genuine Software Initiative, which focuses efforts on three strategic areas:

  • Education. Microsoft is raising awareness of customers and resellers about the risks of counterfeit software so they can better protect themselves and ensure their software licensing is in order. Microsoft websites such as How to Tell provide detailed information and examples of counterfeit software.
  • Engineering. Microsoft continues to invest in anti-counterfeiting technologies and product features that protect its intellectual property and alert consumers to the presence of counterfeit software. This includes improvements in our technologies and programs such as Windows Activation Technologies for Windows 7 and Windows Vista, and Windows Genuine Advantage for Windows XP.
  • Enforcement. Microsoft actively supports government officials and law enforcement agencies in taking action against software piracy. Over the past two years alone, Microsoft has received over 150,000 customer reports of counterfeit software. These reports have contributed directly to numerous civil actions that have been filed against software pirates around the globe.

During 2010, you can expect to hear from me as well as the other genuine Windows team members that regularly contribute to the blog, including Jodi Kogan and Kim Griffiths.  We’ll have some information to share in the near future about topics relating to genuine Windows, including a post about volume licensing that Kim has planned for tomorrow.

Until then!

Joe Williams
General Manager, Genuine Windows

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  • @lbaldon, Thanks for letting us know about the activation issue you’re having with Windows running on your PC.  There are a variety of reasons why this may have happened, and the best way to resolve the issue is to try activation again.  To do this, click Start, then type in “activate” and select “Activate Windows” from the menu.  Follow the instructions to put in your product key and activate Windows.  If activation still isn’t successful, please use the contact information in the dialog box to contact our product activation support folks, and they’ll assist you with figuring out exactly what’s going on and how to resolve the situation.

  • lbaldon
    1 Posts

    I upgraded my Win 7 Home premium to win 7 Professional. now just about every time I get updates and reboot the warning you may be running a pirated cop-y. it is getting old. I used the anytime upgrade web site. what is the fix.

  • I bought a computer with Windows xp Pro pre loaded and got this banner not genuine windows. The Computer came from a reputable dealer and now I can't fix this problem. Contacted tech suppport & was told I had to Buy a Lic or a new copy of Windows. WHY the # for the copy of windows is valid. I have another computer that runs LINUX and have had none of this. Please help?

  • Wannabe
    2 Posts

    I love Microsoft and I love everything it does but there is still the fact that their applications and operation systems are far too much expensive for consumers in the Middle East which is where I come from, I simply can't afford to buy an operating system for over a 1000 EGP, that's an insane price for a software in a poor country like Egypt..

  • Wannabe
    2 Posts

    I love Microsoft and I love everything it does but there is still the fact that their applications and operation systems are far too much expensive for consumers in the Middle East which is where I come from, I simply can't afford to buy an operating system for over a 1000 EGP, that's an insane price for a software in a poor country like Egypt..

  • Tommyinoz
    46 Posts

    When you consider the prices Microsoft charge for their latest operating systems, I feel ill equipped to tell anyone they should not use a pirated version of Windows. You have to first stop ripping people off.

  • soon  soon

  • mon-402
    3 Posts

    Joe,

    There is no doubt that Microsoft's staff are piracy fighters and they are trying to protect Microsoft's products being pirated as a kind of occupation trust. However, I think there is no one would be more loyal to Microsoft more than me as my little brother said, but in fact, it is not loyalty only to be a piracy fighter, it's also morality and appreciation. I always work hard to persuade people who I meet them to avoid piracy which is stealing like stealing a burger fro McDonalds for example. Unfortunately, the definition of Genuine is almost lost in the Middle East where I come from. I personally admire the efforts which are made on these amazing products, but honestly the prices make me lose my debates with people, so from my point of view, the prices may need to be considered as a part of anti-piracy campaigns.

    Mohammed