Does anyone you have any further information on product activation? I'm sat with a client trying to activate an SBS 2003 standard edition and after about half a dozen attempts including speaking with CSR's at Microsoft, still no joy. We've ended up receiving a free support incident from Microsoft because the process patently doesn't work (certainly not in this instance anyway). Has anyone else had a similar experience to this. Does this point to the fact "Product Activation" has patently failed to protect Microsoft from pirates and has scuppered many a legitimate business from achieving there goals using Microsoft software? I am hearing the mantra "We are considering Linux" more and more even from hardcore MSDN people who are long standing users of the Microsoft product sets. Are there any indications that Microsoft will consider changing this process in Longhorn and making it more flexible for genuine customers even in giving there own CSRs the discretion to override the Product Activation process? The process seems to assume that everyone hacks software and doesn't pay for it yet I think all of my clients are aware of the need to properly license products. Shouldn't Microsoft liaising with international law enforcement to crack down on the production lines which are producing fake copies of Microsoft software complete with hacks to get around the activation process?
No announcement yet.