Microsoft drops Vista kill-switch but not before killing legit copies

Maybe Microsoft should focus on making Vista better instead of obsessing about copy-protection.

Today Microsoft announced that the Vista kill-switch will be removed in the upcoming Vista service pack.

Instead of just fixing the problem with the software, that is, the fact that it incorrectly identifies legit copies of Vista, Microsoft has decided to remove the feature entirely. Is this an admission that they need more software QA or have they realized that this type of anti-piracy doesn't work so well?

The tool can "lock" Vista from further use if it believes it is an unauthorised copy. But many users have complained that the system is not working because legally bought copies result in error messages.

It was introduced in 2006 as voluntary option, but became mandatory with the release of Vista, and had problems from the day it was introduced.
Microsoft product development remains an enigma, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a monopoly.
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Dave Rosenberg has more than 15 years of technology and marketing experience that spans from Bell Labs to startup IPOs to open-source and cloud software companies. He is CEO and founder of Nodeable, co-founder of MuleSoft, and managing director for Hardy Way. He is an adviser to DataStax, IT Database, and Puppet Labs.


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