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For the term "Other Government Agency", see Oga.
Office Genuine Advantage
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release 2.0.48.0 / 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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97 news items

 
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 ...
 
Softpedia
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:33:45 -0800

An executable file that usually comes through instant messaging applications, pretending to be an Office Genuine Advantage Checker, turns out to be a malicious worm that opens a backdoor to allow attackers to take over the controls of a machine.

Geek

Geek
Fri, 22 May 2015 09:34:39 -0700

We here at Geek.com would never recommend performing illegal activities, and cannot condone making unauthorized digital copies or otherwise infringing upon copyrights. That said, humanity needs people to pirate everything. Thanks to broadband, we ...

the Diplomat

the Diplomat
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:33:45 -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 ...
 
Genbeta (blog)
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 ...
 
Ars Technica
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 ...
 
Megalab
Mon, 20 Dec 2010 15:03:55 -0800

Microsoft ha pensionato Office Genuine Advantage. 21/12/2010. - A cura di. Zane. Mondo Windows - Scaricare i contenuti addizionali dal sito di Office non richiede più la validazione della suite. Un documento del supporto tecnico conferma: OGA è un ...
 
Clubic
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 ...
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