Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, said not too long ago that 9 out of 10 copies of Windows in China were pirated. And it seems it is this statistic that has compelled Microsoft to design a new activation system.
This activation system is set to debut with Windows 9, as detailed here.
And now some new details about it have surfaced, which reveal that Microsoft will force every user that installs Windows 9 to create a Microsoft Account and then associate their product key with it. And things only get more advanced form here on.
Once installed, Windows 9 will automatically store the activation details, meaning users will never get to see the license keys — essentially making them harder to crack as they are embedded deep into the operating system.
It gets better, still.
In case the user decides to change the computer or reinstall the operating system, they will first have to go to the Windows Store to remove the current activation.
However, Microsoft plans to offer users the ability to burn Windows 9 to a disk (or create a bootable UBS, for that matter) in order to make these tasks more smooth and easy to perform.
But if these reports are true, this is one highly advanced activation system. Internet access will, of course, be necessary, but chances are that the company might also allow for activation via phone.
Here’s the thing, though. Once Windows 9 is activated, the Windows Store is going to hold all user details, including information like name, address, billing details and all that. Even though the company is aiming for robust security here, it goes without saying that some might find this unacceptable.
And oh, in case, the user installs a copy of Windows 9 that cannot be activated, the operating system will run for a maximum of 3 days, after which it will fail to boot.
Rumors still, but worth discussing. Thoughts, people?