Microsoft says it will be taking a much harsher stance on piracy
with the release of Windows Vista. According to the AP, users running a pirated version of the new version of Windows will initially be locked out of some of Vista's most touted features including the eye-candy Aero interface. If they don't
pay Microsoft's ransom
buy a copy of Vista that Windows Genuine Advantage believes is legit within 30 days, the situation will escalate and users will only be able to browse the web for an hour at a time and will be unable to "directly" open their documents or email. The AP article quotes analyst Roger Kay who says "There will be an XP backlash, which is to say people clinging to XP in order to avoid this," and that though the deterrents won't be very effective against hardcore pirates, they might stop some "lower-level" piracy. ZDNet's Ed Bott has some more valuable details
about Microsoft's new "punishment regime," and isn't too happy about it.