Microsoft Genuine Advantage Shut Down for Office

Microsoft [MSFT] has shut down one of the tools used in the battle against piracy with its software. The tool shut down is the Office Genuine Advantage software that pops up from time to time when adding a new template or updating office components.

What the software did was pop up each time you ran some updates and at that point, checked to see if your license of the software was valid. If so, you could proceed.

Microsoft confirmed the end of OGA on December 17th in the 917999 knowledge base article which said… “The Office Genuine Advantage (“OGA”) program has been retired. For more information about the benefits of genuine Office, please visit the following website:”.

Microsoft has clarified why it was shut down as seen below…

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.

Via: ZDNet

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