It is no longer possible to identify non-genuine
software by the packaging. The genuine version
of Microsoft Office is on the right.
According to a recent study conducted by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and market research firm IDC, 41% of software on PCs around the world in 2008 was either counterfeit or used without a license. In an effort to increase the reach of its anti-piracy initiatives, Microsoft has expanded its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) notifications program into 13 additional countries and territories, taking the total to 41. The newly served countries and territories that’ll benefit from the expansion of the program’re “Austria, Brazil, Finland, Greece, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States”. Customers in 41 countries now have the option to install OGA notifications, available through Microsoft Update, and learn whether they’re running genuine versions of Office. If the copy’s found to be non-genuine, users’re directed to a customized Microsoft Web page to view validation results and learn about easy steps to secure their PC.
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