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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Considered Dumping Mac Office

narramissic writes: In the wake of the recent Iowa anti-trust trial, documentary evidence emerged that Microsoft considered abandoning Office for Mac. In a June 1997 e-mail memo to then Mac Business Unit chief Ben Waldman, Bill Gates says that halting development is 'the strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately.' The document also confirms that Microsoft at the time saw Office for the Mac as a chance to test new features in the product before they appeared in Windows, 'because it is so much less critical to our business than Windows.'
Microsoft

+ - Vista activation circumvented with BIOS emulation

Steve Kerrison writes: "If a brute force Vista product key-gen won't work, then a tool to exploit the volume licensing used by OEMs might. HEXUS.net reports that a toolkit has been produced that emulates an OEM BIOS to make the system appear as a pre-activated machine. Combined with the correct certificate and OEM key, Vista won't perform any further activation."

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