I was tempted to blog this story earlier in the week.
The next time you visit the website of Microsoft Corp. to download some software, be prepared to let the world's biggest software company have a look inside your computer.
In a determined strike to quell the proliferation of counterfeit software, beginning today, Microsoft will require that all customers coming to its website for upgrades and other downloads submit their computers to an electronic frisking.
The company will scan machines for a variety of information, including product keys or software authorization codes, operating-system version and details on the flow of data between the operating system and other hardware, such as printers.
It's enough to make a guy seriously consider Linux. And if that isn't, maybe this is: this new initiative on Microsoft's part has already been cracked. Charles Roten at Bump in the Beltway reports:
Two functional cracks in less than 48 hours. I must confess, I am in awe of Microsoft's unsurpassed competence in the battle with software pirates.
Emphasis in the original. Charles has the details.