I’ve never been a fan of anti-piracy schemes. I know Microsoft feels strongly that they are losing money through others using their software. But it’s clear that Microsoft actually benefits from piracy.
Now, I just wish they’d be honest about why they dropped it. They want all users to use their latest software. The WGA is a deployment inhibitor, and after having weighed out the costs and benefits, they decided they’d be better off with a few pirated copies than to have to support a whole legion of legitimate users running their old stuff (not to mention users using the competition!)
Let’s be clear though – I’m delighted that Microsoft dropped it! Please drop it more! By not letting us pirate your software, you are basically begging us to go use Google Docs & Spreadsheets!!!
(BTW – don’t forget that Office will be free.)