Goodbye MS Office Genuine Advantage program

by Bradley Wint on December 20th 2010 at 3:10PM

Microsoft has secretly decommissioned its Office Genuine Advantage program on the 17th of December, making it much easier for folks to download stuff from the Office Online gallery.

MS issued an official statement as follows:

The Office Genuine Advantage program was designed to notify many customers around the world whether their copy of Microsoft Office was genuine. The program has served its purpose and thus we have decided to retire the program. Given our strong commitment to anti-piracy, we are making several new investments that will allow us to engage with customers and help victims of fraud. If you believe that your Office software may be counterfeit, please visit Microsoft’s How to Tell website. You may also learn more about Microsoft Office products or purchase or download a genuine copy directly. If you have additional questions or otherwise require support on this issue, please contact us for support options.

So why did they do this? It’s still really unclear for now, but knowing them, they may be working on some new program to verify products, whether it be periodic re-validations or maybe covert validation. Both the Windows Genuine and Office Genuine Advantage programs have been cracked with the ability to be updated without being detected most of the times.

Maybe this was just an effort to ditch an easily hackable program for something more sophisticated. So if you don’t have a legit copy, this is your time to take advantage, but then again, we don’t encourage piracy.

Windows Genuine Advantage will still be in effect, but maybe a new system may follow suit some time later on, considering they didn’t make any announcement about OGA going offline.

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