Microsoft have quietly, without any fanfare, announced the end of their Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program. The anti-piracy program marked the end of its days with a quiet mention in one of Microsoft’s knowledge base articles.
OGA required users to verify their software online when attempting to download any templates or add-ons from the Microsoft site, as well as a few software updates. It was a continuation of Microsoft’s “Genuine” program, which was first put into practice with Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA).
This development will bring a smile onto the faces of people who bought the software but hated the prompts and also the ‘others’ who disliked being hit with the message. Legitimate users and pirates will be relieved to see the back of a tool which according to Microsoft “served its purpose”.
We don't know what reason Microsoft had for this move, or if Windows Genuine Advantage will soon follow suit, but what we can say for sure is that they are not done with battling piracy yet. For now, the CD Key will be the last line of defence, though it's quite possible something could come along to replace the OGA soon enough.