Microsoft has silently decommissioned one of its primary weapons against Office suite piracy, the Office Genuine Advantage scheme, "The Office Genuine Advantage ("OGA") program has been retired," read the message on Microsoft's KB917999.
OGA was essentially a road block through which you had to pass to download templates and the like. Proving that your Office installation was genuine allowed you through, and while it's obvious why it was there, it created yet another hurdle for legitimate users to jump over, while the pirates just circumvented it.
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