Office genuine checks becoming mandatory

— 12:46 AM on October 30, 2006

Users of Microsoft Office are now being required to verify the authenticity of their copy of the software suite to gain access to some online features, BetaNews reports. Much like the Windows Genuine Advantage system, which went down a similar path before being pushed as an automatic phone-home tool via Windows Update back in April, the Office Genuine Advantage system is now mandatory for users who seek to use Microsoft's Office Online templates. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft intends to make checkups a requirement for software update downloads, as well—this next step will come in January.

As under the Windows Genuine Advantage system, users who turn out to have an illegitimate copy of Office will be able to get a discount on a legit version of the software by letting Microsoft know where they obtained their copy.

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