Office 2007 to cripple itself if activation fails

— 11:21 AM on November 20, 2006

Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that Windows Vista will have fairly draconian anti-piracy measures: if users fail to successfully activate the operating system within 30 days of installation, Vista will lock itself down in a "reduced functionality" mode where users will be able to use nothing but the web browser in one-hour stretches.

Now, a ZDNet blogger has discovered that Microsoft also implemented a similar lock-down system in Office 2007. The new Office suite, which is scheduled to come out in January, will allow users to skip activation 25 times (each time an Office program is opened) before the reduced-functionality mode kicks in. In Office 2007's reduced-functionality mode, a Microsoft Knowledge Base article states, "2007 Office programs function more like viewers. In other words, you cannot save modifications to documents or create new documents. Additional functionality may be reduced."

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