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Office Genuine Advantage
Developer(s) Microsoft
Stable release / August 3, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-08-03)[citation needed]
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Platform Microsoft Windows: Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007.[1] Mac OS X: Office X, Office 2004, Office 2008
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.[citation needed]


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ZDNet (blog)
Sun, 19 Dec 2010 14:39:17 -0800

Late last week, with absolutely no public announcement, Microsoft quietly retired one cog in its antipiracy machine. An anonymous tipster informed me on Friday that Microsoft had shut down its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program as of Thursday, ...


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 ...

the Diplomat

the Diplomat
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 03:46:14 -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 ...


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 ...


Génération NT
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 ...
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 ...

Wired News

Wired News
Fri, 17 Oct 2008 17:17:09 -0700

Just a few days ahead of the launch of Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) and Office Genuine Advantage (OGA), computer users in China are steaming mad, according to a report from China.org.cn. The problem? The new software (which is ...


Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:14:38 -0700

I ran into a very interesting scenario with Microsoft's Genuine Office Validation the other day. Basically, I have Office 2007 Professional Plus installed and activated on my notebook. And, I wanted to install the Save as PDF or XPS Add-in (Link). No ...

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