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CIOs to Microsoft over software licensing

Microsoft Corp. may be trying to make it easier for delinquent enterprise customers to ‘true up’ their volume license contracts. But CIOs that have tangled with Redmond on licensing issues say this latest program does little to tackle the real issue: the difficulty, short of buying Microsoft’s most expensive class of license, of staying compliant.

Microsoft’s new Get Genuine Windows Agreement lets big companies that are discovered to be intentionally or accidently pirating Windows XP Professional to quickly purchases copies via a reseller.

GGWA is part of a recent wave of anti-piracy and license compliance efforts that Microsoft is targeting at big corporations, its most profitable segment.

Enterprises have largely been exempt from past anti-piracy efforts, which focused on software crackers and pirates distributing stolen license keys, resellers trying to save a buck by reusing the same license key with multiple customers, and consumers.[…]

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Microsoft, WGA, GGWA, Piracy, Sofware Piracy, Pirate Windows, Licensing

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