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[ZDNet] Microsoft quietly shuts down Office Genuine Advantage program

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The sudden abandonment of the program appears to have taken other parts of Microsoft by surprise. As of this morning, there’s no hint of the OGA shutdown at Microsoft’s official Office Genuine Advantage Validation Issues forum. And if you search Bing for validate office, you’ll turn up a lot of dead links. The first result from Bing is a page entitled “Why validate Office?” But clicking that link, http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/off...yValidate.aspx, leads to Microsoft’s Windows home page.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/micro...e-program/2798
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Maybe the webpage was hacked?
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Hmm, very interesting. I wonder what Microsoft is up to.
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This is interesting, I wonder if they've had complaints about this garbage. OGA is phone home spyware that makes changes to your system without telling you what it's doing. Every time you start an Office 2010 component it will check to make sure OGA services are running. It will start them if they are not running and if they are disabled it will re-enable them! I wonder if it actually gives you a UAC prompt when doing so (I don't have UAC running to know) since some MS software - mostly Windows components - is allowed to make system changes on Windows 7 without notifying the user.
    
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Maybe the webpage was hacked?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949810/en-us

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The Office Genuine Advantage (“OGAâ€) program has been retired. For more information about the benefits of genuine Office, please visit the following website:

Benefits of genuine Office
This is an "official" OGA shutdown
Edited by CiX - 12/19/10 at 7:11pm
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Hopefully they have some better security that doesn't need the OGA since it was an outdated function.
Soon WGA might go the same way.
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They already abandoned WGA for Windows 2000 quite a while back. I suspect XP will be next soon.
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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
Hopefully they have some better security that doesn't need the OGA since it was an outdated function.
Soon WGA might go the same way.
omg, lets hope, i can't count how many times i've had legit keys and it won't allow my to validate them, even by phone. lets just hope the next thing they come out with will work better.
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they're up to something

no way they'd leave one of their headline products defenseless. not that OGA really helps, but having it there shows they are at least trying to some extent
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Maybe having OGA doesnt help sales.
    
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