Microsoft Permits Pirated Software to Receive Security Patches
Microsoft wants to make pirated software less useful by preventing it from receiving patches and updates. At the same time, it is in everyone’s best interest for all software to be more secure: legitimate and pirated. This issue has been percolating for a while, and I’ve written about it twice before. After much back and forth, Microsoft is going to do the right thing:
From now on, customers looking to get the latest add-ons to Windows will have to verify that their copy of the operating system is legit….
The only exception is for security-related patches. Regardless of whether a system passes the test, security updates will be available to all Windows users via either manual download or automatic update.
Microsoft deserves praise for this.