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Ballmer: Pirates won't have it easy with Vista

Yesterday a Neowin member linked to a DIGG article that was sourcing this website with a screenshot of a supposed key generator for Windows Vista. Since last night it has been updated and the poster claims to of gotten hold of the keygen in a non-working state. Elaborate hoax or the real deal?

The screenshot lower on this page shows DLL errors when running the keygen and it clearly states on the web site that it didn't work. The crack appears to be of Russian origin and only time will tell if Microsoft's "dial in" feature really has been circumvented.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street analysts that the company might "dial up" the intensity of antipiracy technology baked into Windows Vista as part of an effort to squeeze more revenue from China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging markets.

Ballmer's comments came during a conference call with financial analysts in which he repeatedly hammered home the theme that sales forecasts for Windows -- Vista in particular -- have been "overly optimistic."

One way Microsoft can bump up Windows sales is to tighten the screws on pirates, Ballmer said. "Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth, and I think we'll make some piracy improvements this year."

"We have new technologies built into Windows Vista, something we call Windows Genuine Advantage [that] we've really dialed up in capabilities with the Vista release," he said. "I do think that will bring some revenue growth. We will have strong growth in the Windows business in emerging markets: China, India, Brazil, Russia and many others. Those markets are very high piracy."

News sources: Digital Life & Computer World

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