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    The software will be cracked the same day it is released, just like XP was
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    Microsft is Going to far with this activation thing.
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    Micrisoft doesnt have a lot of developer "friends" so it will not sell any of their product.
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    Piracy? whats that? ohhh PIRATED, like my current version of XP
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    It's about time they Crack down on software theft! bringing the prices of software down!
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Microsoft counts on antipiracy technique

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Microsoft is set to release its first mainstream consumer software application protected by product activation, in what could be a first step toward expanding use of the antipiracy technology.

On Tuesday, Microsoft plans to officially launch Plus Digital Media Edition (DME), a $19.95 add-on pack for the Windows XP operating system. Microsoft has offered various versions of Plus since the release of Windows 95. But unlike earlier versions, Plus DME is protected by product activation, meaning that consumers will have to enter a 25-key code to install the software and then "activate" Plus DME over the Internet.

The change comes as the Redmond, Wash.-based software titan also has been experimenting with new methods for distributing software.

"Plus Digital Media Edition is the first Microsoft product to be sold digitally online," said a Microsoft representative in an e-mail response to questions about product activation. "In order to enable digital commerce, we needed to use a technology that allows consumers to easily purchase and use the product as well as protect against casual piracy."

The new Plus version offers features aimed at enhancing Windows XP's digital media capabilities, such as creating stories using digital photos or enabling a special party mode for Windows Media Player 9 Series.

Microsoft will be launching Plus DME as part of its participation in the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The software titan also plans to release on Tuesday the final version of Windows Movie Maker 2 and Windows Media Player 9 Series. Beta versions of both products have been available for several months.

Steve Moore, a technology manager from Nashville, Tenn., said that Microsoft's expanding product activation to Plus DME is a sensible move.


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Isn't this the same kind of thing that people who use Windows XP had to do? Is this just the first application program that they have done it on?
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yeah the same activation that was cracked before it was even released to the PUBLIC. i mean think of it this way, all the crackers out there arent going to want to have to put up with this product, so their first line of defense is to go full forac against this plus product to prove to the world that microsfts activation doesnt work, thus no one will buy it.

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