For the term "Other Government Agency", see Oga
Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) was a program by Microsoft, similar to Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), which required users of the Microsoft Office software to validate their copy of Microsoft Office to download non-critical updates and other downloads such as addons and samples.
This is different from Microsoft Product Activation in that activation is required to use the software and is enforced at the software level, whereas validation permits users to download files and updates from the Microsoft web site and is Internet-based. Validation rejects those product keys that have either been leaked widely or those key-generated to pass through activation but not validation.
Starting October 27, 2006, users of Office Update were required to validate the legitimacy of their Office software in order to download files and updates.
On April 15, 2008, Microsoft released Office Genuine Advantage Notifications to Windows Server Update Services as KB949810.
On December 17, 2010, Microsoft retired Office Genuine Advantage. The Office Genuine Advantage article on Microsoft support website was updated to reflect that. It is now virtually impossible to check if Microsoft software is genuine.
Sun, 19 Dec 2010 14:39:17 -0800
An anonymous tipster informed me on Friday that Microsoft had shut down its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program as of Thursday, December 16. Previously, if you wanted to download an Office add-in or template, you had to pass through a validation ...
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:38:22 -0700
The same year, Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage and Office Genuine Advantage, upon detecting a pirated version of Windows, temporarily blackened computer screens. This enraged many Chinese PC users and alarmed policymakers, who asked ...
Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:22:28 -0800
Esta es una noticia que nadie se esperaba. Hace 3 días, sin ningún aviso y de forma totalmente silenciosa, Microsoft dio de baja el infame programa “Office Genuine Advantage“, que originalmente buscaba reservar ciertas características de Office a ...
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:53:02 -0700
BSA Australia - an organisation representing mostly very large software companies - recently warned businesses to ensure the software they are using is correctly licensed. Less than a month later the body announced it had settled the first case of 2014.
Wed, 24 Jan 2007 08:32:24 -0800
Add to this the fact that Microsoft has big plans for Office Genuine Advantage, and we start to see a world in which being accused of software piracy becomes statistically more probable than winning the Pick 5. Regardless, Microsoft is touting these ...
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 07:36:54 -0800
Roma - Microsoft ha cancellato il meccanismo finora attivo per la tutela dell'originalità di Office: Office Genuine Advantage. Tramite di esso Redmond chiedeva la verifica di originalità del software prima di scaricare aggiunte o template per la sua ...
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 06:54:01 -0800
Officialisé en 2006 et incorporé à Office 2007, Office Genuine Advantage était le pendant bureautique de Windows Genuine Advantage, destiné quant à lui aux systèmes d'exploitation de Microsoft. L'objectif du programme était d'enrayer le piratage de ...
Mon, 25 Oct 2010 18:06:24 -0700
The company encourages customers to use its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) and Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) validation tools. If you're considering buying Windows from a third party, make sure that the reseller is reputable. Look for high-quality ...
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