I basically like the blogosphere. It is a way to express an opinion without having to worry (too much) about censorship. The disadvantage is that there are people who present things as “facts”, which are simply wrong. This happened Thursday on ZDNet.
I stumbled across an article called It's time for Microsoft to supply ALL patches to All users. In a long article Adrian Kingsley-Hughes claims that we do not supply Security Updates to pirated copies of Window – which is simply wrong. Now, let me put a few things straight, but let’s start with the basics:
We basically use different channels for distribution of updates/tools/software:
Besides these different channels we have different content: Security Updates of different criticality, drivers, paper, etc.
So, to clarify this here: If somebody committed the criminal act of stealing our software (called piracy) we deliver critical Security Updates via Automatic Updates. You will not be able to access Microsoft Update and the Download Center with non-genuine – stolen – software but you get the critical security updates via Automatic Update! This is, where Adrian is fundamentally wrong.
Now, we can debate where somebody who has deliberately stolen our software dares to switch on Automatic Update. Let me make two statements in this regard:
We do not do this to protect the pirates but to protect the ecosystem!
I hope this clarifies the statements Adrian made
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thanks for the clarification, but maybe is too much info for the pirates.