OK I’m probably going to get flamed for this by some Windows fanboys, but hey, I don’t care. I needed a laugh today, so thank you Todd Bishop for providing it on your Microsoft Blog.
Apparently Microsoft will be getting extra tough on illegal / pirated copies of Windows Vista. All well and good. How is it going to achieve this? Todd quotes from a recent white paper:
By choosing “Access your computer with reduced functionality,” the default Web browser will be started and the user will be presented with an option to purchase a new product key. There is no start menu, no desktop icons, and the desktop background is changed to black. The Web browser will fully function and Internet connectivity will not be blocked. After one hour, the system will log the user out without warning. It will not shut down the machine, and the user can log back in. Note: This is different from the Windows XP RFM experience, which limits screen resolution, colors, sounds and other features.
In other words, it’ll be a bit like my work PC used to behave after trying to work for an hour. And yes, that was a genuine version of Windows. Oh, except the Internet sometimes didn’t work.
I’ve experienced times where the Start menu has disappeared, where icons have either disappeared or become ‘generic’, and yes, I’ve even been logged out without warning.
So nice try Microsoft – you’ve just legitimised something ‘by design’ that your previous operating systems did from time to time anyway.
Todd says “In other words, the technology doesn’t turn the computer off. However, for most practical purposes, it renders much of the operating system useless.” No change there then!
Being Microsoft, genuine customers will experience regular ‘phone home’
privacy violations checks. Just so long software is marked correctly as valid or invalid, I suppose we’ll get used to it.