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Office Genuine Advantage
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release / August 3, 2009; 5 years ago (2009-08-03)[citation needed]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Platform Office XP, Office 2003 and Office 2007[1]
Type Software validation
License Proprietary software
Website www.microsoft.com/genuine/

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.[1]

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.[2]

On April 15, 2008, Microsoft released Office Genuine Advantage Notifications to Windows Server Update Services as KB949810.[3]

On December 17, 2010, Microsoft retired Office Genuine Advantage.[4] The Office Genuine Advantage article on Microsoft support website was updated to reflect that.[1] It is now virtually impossible to check if Microsoft software is genuine.


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ZDNet (blog)
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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Council on Foreign Relations (blog)
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 ...
GoMo News
Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:49:02 -0700

It may have something to do with the long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft (although Microsoft once saved Apple and bailed it out), but here at GoMo Towers we couldn't believe how difficult it was for one reader to connect her iPhone to her nearly ...
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.
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 05:02:47 -0800

Microsoft hat still und heimlich sein Kopierschutz-Verfahren “Office Genuine Advantage” (OGA) außer Dienst gestellt. Seit dem 16. Dezember kann man nach ZDNet vorliegenden Informationen ohne Software-Kontrolle Erweiterungen für Microsoft Office ...
Punto Informatico
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 06:22:41 -0800

El programa Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) con el que Microsoft determinaba si los clientes ejecutaban copias legítimas de Office acaba de desaparecer. “El programa Office Genuine Advantage ('OGA') ha sido retirado. Para más información sobre los ...
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Mon, 20 Dec 2010 06:05:50 -0800

Microsoft Office Logo OGA et l'alter ego pour la suite bureautique Office du plus connu Windows Genuine Advantage pour le système d'exploitation Windows. Un moyen de vérifier l'authenticité d'une copie logicielle et ainsi autoriser ou non l'accès à ...

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