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Comment by alasta, on 5-Jul-2006 07:09
It is unacceptable that WGA does not provide sufficient notification about its 'phone home' functionality, but I don't really see the problem with WGA in principle. Surely Microsoft has the right to protect their intellectual property.
Comment by sbiddle, on 5-Jul-2006 09:17
The phone home seems to be one of the biggest gripes. I've read stories of people in oz who have incurred charges of over $30 per month extra in local call charges because WGA automatically connects to the net on startup or a reboot to phone home! I agree of the principal but it seems to be a hack which is also causing compatibility and system stability issues on some systems. Surely MS could have just deployed such a system in Vista and left XP alone?