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 ...
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.
Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:11:18 -0700
The expansion of the anti-piracy efforts around the Office System announced by Microsoft on August 25th, 2009 was accompanied by the release of an update for Office Genuine Advantage. OGA together with Windows Genuine Advantage are part of the ...
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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, 27 Apr 2006 07:28:47 -0700
Microsoft's "Windows Genuine Advantage" (WGA) program has received more than its fair share of criticism, mostly on account of how easy it has been to circumvent in the past. Aimed at "verifying" that users have legitimate (= licensed) versions of ...
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:00:53 -0800
Fără să dea vreo explicaţie sau motiv pentru luarea unei asemenea decizii, Microsoft a renunţat la programul Office Genuine Advantage (OGA), ce impunea verificarea autenticităţii licenţei cu ocazia instalării de actualizări şi componente add-on. Între ...
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 ...
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