Feeds

Bootleggers jump on 'complete' Windows 7

Ultimate knock off

Top three mobile application threats

Microsoft has been taking some heat lately for not listening to testers' feedback on Windows 7 as it insists that the operating system is essentially complete.

Now it seems pirates and bootleggers in South East Asia are starting to cash-in on Windows 7's status as almost done.

Bootleg copies of 32-bit editions of Windows 7 Ultimate have reportedly already gone on sale in the Philippines for between 50 and 70 pesos ($1.02 and $1.44).

This isn't the first time new versions of Windows have appeared in the black market ahead of that particular version's official release. It happened to Windows Vista and Windows XP.

What's notable this time is the bootlegs surfaced during a Windows development cycle that's seen Microsoft criticized for cutting corners on feedback and testing to ship product.

Those complaints have come from technical beta testers uneasy with the pace of the Windows 7 test program. No second beta is due with Microsoft planning on going straight to the release candidate phase.

So stable is the Windows 7 beta that individuals at some partners are beginning to feel confident enough to run this instead of Windows Vista on their PCs.

The company has gone on to get flack for releasing a washing list of changes it's making to Windows 7, to demonstrate it really is taking feedback seriously.

Whether the majority of work on Windows 7 is done or not, anyone getting hold of a bootleg copy is likely in for a disappointment. Illegal copies will lack the official product activation key, which - once activated - would let you get updates to the software from Microsoft's update servers. A knock-off copy of Windows 7, therefore, will be a snap shot of the planned operating system that's frozen in time. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.