With mere weeks before the official release of microsoft's new windows server 2003 platform, a code has been leaked allowing unlimited installations of the operating system. The leak is thought to have come from a corporate customer subscribed to the microsoft volume-licensing program. This is a major blow to microsoft, as it allows for major piracy of what is one of the company's flagship products. Websites have also issued reports that the code is a 3-in-1 code, which means that it can be used with any of the three versions of windows server 2003 that will be available.
Microsoft is not new to having to deal with leaked codes. With office and windows xp ms tried a new approach, requiring an activation process that meant contacting microsoft to get the os “activated” as well as the standard installation code.
The problem is that microsoft relaxed the activation phase for volume licensing to ease the installation pain for large businesses. In the case of server 2003, microsoft has produced codes for volume licensing that can be used for both stages. Matthew's opinion this should be no surprise to anyone, really. As soon as there is a release of a new piece of software (especially as high-profile as this) codes and cracks appear on the web and spread like wild fire. Microsoft's pledge to track down the code is meaningless, as it will have already spread to thousands of users and will continue to do so, finding its way onto cds containing the cracked software.
In a way this could help microsoft, as people who wouldn't usually be able to afford the server edition may now be able to even–if they are breaking the law. This does, however, have those people using the microsoft software, and the more use it gets the more people will stick with the windows platform (or that's the theory at least). Microsoft will still make its money from businesses, as the ramifications to them using illegal software are large and involve large fines and sometimes prison sentences. I do find it strange that a code that can allow unlimited installs should be leaked before the release of the software.
Surely microsoft can issue one code per business and track whom it actually belongs to. Any code that was then leaked would be instantly traceable to a business, and may even deter a business from leaking it in the first place. (just kiddin', please ignore this and similar posts in this thread) but i was first.
– by disckiller i can see why.. (10:26am est wed apr 09 2003) microsoft has been trying to tie users to them like a baby and its umbilical cord. If we never leave the womb, no naughty naughty lol. Ahh alas, yet its the same hunger to stop piracy that is killing microsoft appeal.
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– by eric the red.here it comes (10:32am est wed apr 09 2003).i'd give this about an 8 on the ol' flame-o-meter – by hmmmmm piracy cannot be stopped (10:51am est wed apr 09 2003) i was trying to crack a windows xp disc(legal not copied) but it's not working. My friend bought it, but it's only good for one installation, then you have to call ms. They did a pretty good job with xp. Anyway, i will get around it somehow. It's a matter of time. (11:03am est wed apr 09 2003) this should at least be an honorable mention at no piracy is stopped as keys are leaked before it even ships, but honest customers who overpaid for the crap are terribly inconvienienced.
Real smart on ms's part. Really makes you believe in trustworthy computing, eh? – by /sm wait for an announced software audit from bsa (11:07am est wed apr 09 2003) with all those disgruntal mcse phoning up the bsa on their former employers, no wonder there is few upgrades to the latest windows products.
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