Back in June, I took a bunch of heat from Microsoft when I reported that the company was planning to roll out a Windows “kill switch” this fall.
Microsoft denied it.
Now, today, comes an announcement of the Software Protection Platform for Windows Vista, which sounds pretty damn close to what I wrote about in the first place.
If your copy of Windows Vista is “identified as counterfeit or non-genuine” you’ll be kicked into “reduced functionality mode”, which Microsoft describes as follows:
[T]he default Web browser will be started and the user will be presented with an option to purchase a new product key. There is no start menu, no desktop icons, and the desktop background is changed to black. The Web browser will fully function and Internet connectivity will not be blocked. After one hour, the system will log the user out without warning. [emphasis added]
Sounds like a kill switch to me. Go read the article and tell me what you think.