Who Says Pirates Get it for Free?
Office users everywhere are upset with the latest Office patch released
by Microsoft. The complaints are comming from pirates and legitimate
owners. The pirates all seem to have similar complaints in the form of
not having a legitimate serial number. Pirates are snickering at
Microsoft for blacklisting their serials and forcing them to come up
with more inteligent ways to steal the software. There are plenty of
jokes and many people are laughing. However, people who actually bought
the software and have a real serial number are not joining in with the
laughter. Some folks claim that their software installed and updated
just fine. others say that the install was a nightmare. The main issue
is the installer asking for the user to input the serial number that
came with the CD. This is not that annoying just inconvenient for
people who are updating on the road (something that is not recommended
anyways). However, people with bought software who insert their numbers
are finding that their purchased numbers are not working and after
contacting Microsoft they are informed that they will have to pay a
$10USD charge to have their old number destroyed and a new one issued.
This is a pill that any software user can not swallow especially when you have a coporate version that does not
even have a serial but the update still asks for it. Monopoly seems
to be rearing its ugly head once again in Washington. To make things
worse, the update, itself toted as a major bug fixer, is full of bugs.
One being the asking for serial numbers of legitimate copies, and others
such as crashing programs and corrupt frameworks.
The word on the street is that there will actually be an update for the update
released very soon to deal with the corporate version problems and some other unseen bugs.
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