Buried in Knowledge Base article that Microsoft published a Web-14. November is the information on plans to combat Microsoft Office 2007 piracy via new Office Genuine Advantage lockdowns.
When asked last month that Microsoft was planning to punish alleged Microsoft Office 2007 pirates by damaging the functionality of their software as Microsoft did with Vista via reduced-functionality mode, Microsoft officials were noncommittal.
But now Microsoft's intentions are clear: Just as it does with Vista, Microsoft plans to integrate what is essentially a "circuit breaker" in Microsoft Office 2007. 2007-office users who can not or will not pass activation patterns within a set will be moved into "reduced functionality mode", according to Microsoft Knowledge Base article.
"When a program runs in reduced functionality mode, many commands are unavailable (dimmed). So you can not access these features, "says the article." Some limitations of reduced functionality mode include the following:
? You can not create new documents.
? You can view existing documents. But you can not change them.
? You can print documents. But you can not save them. "
In late October, Microsoft officials acknowledged that its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program will be mandatory for users of Microsoft Office 2007 since January 2007. But when asked whether Microsoft plans to make a kind of reduced functionality mode - like what it intends to include in Vista - part of its next version of Office, company officials avoided the question.
Ashim Jaidka, Lead Program Manager for Office Genuine Advantage, gave me the following statement on October 31: "Regarding your question about OGA eventually doing the same thing as WGA with respect to the locks and write-downs in the product, Microsoft is absolutely committed to having Microsoft Office participate in the benefits of Microsoft Genuine Software Initiative World (GSI) From a long-term, broader perspective in future versions, but (we) have no other thing to share on all plans for building lock-down right now. "
With Vista, retail customers have 30 days to activate your copy of Vista with success before Microsoft disables access to the Aero user interface, ReadyBoost and Windows Defender.
Also, in Vista with limited functionality, the default Web browser will be launched and the user will be presented with an opportunity to buy a new product key. There is no start menu, no desktop icons and the wallpaper changed to black. The Web browser will fully function and Internet connectivity will not be blocked. After an hour, the system will record the user without warning. It will not stop the machine and the user can connect again Note: This is different from Windows XP RFM experience, which limits the screen resolution, colors, sounds and other functions, "as my blogging colleague Ed Bott said last month.
Microsoft Office 2007 users running Microsoft Office 2007, one month free trial is no grace period OGA, Office programs run in reduced functionality mode for the first time that the programs are beginning to "Knowledge Base says. Users who have Microsoft Office on a regular basis in 2007 under the "perpetual", they can skip product activation 25 times. 26. Date of trial, Microsoft Office 2007 will start in reduced-functionality mode, according to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Update: Some blogs and websites reporting is not a "kill switch" for Microsoft Office 2007 (for Microsoft should be required to), is the judge. Here's Microsoft's statement of 20 November 2006, thanks to a Microsoft spokesman:
"Product Activation technology is not new to Microsoft Office, which has had Product Activation since Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1. It is important to note that the distinction between activation and validation. Failure validate your copy of Microsoft Office 2007-system as being genuine does not move to reduced functionality (RFM) or de-featured product. But if the product is activated, it will go to RFM (reduced functionality) after the start a Microsoft Office application 25 times. "