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Microsoft To Replace Counterfeit Office

May 4th, 2006 by Patrick S

Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that it will offer free replacement copies of its Office application suite for people whose versions were tagged as counterfeit — if they can prove they bought the bundle with the best intentions.

Microsoft has already posted notices on some Office downloads — including a new add-on toolbar that lets users enter international characters from 26 languages into Office 2003’s programs — to “recommend” Office validation.

The new Office counterfeit counter relies on an ActiveX control that checks for “several known counterfeiting methods,” according to Microsoft, including stolen volume licensing keys, a common method of pirating Office.

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