Microsoft claims this is a direct result of piracy - mainly sharing of licenses.
Supposedly it was for a number of reasons besides just piracy. And to be blunt, the rules surrounding TechNet software were pretty widely abused by many subscribers.
But I really think it has more to do with a broader long-term goal of pulling actual copies of Microsoft software out of the hands of companies and individuals, and getting everything up into the cloud where it can be more effectively regulated, metered, and billed for. (And, in the wake of recent revelations, monitored by our government as well.)
I think a lot of the motivation is because Microsoft has been unable to convince people that Microsoft products are "licensed not sold." So their customer's perspective is still one that says "possession is 9/10ths of law." And that's despite 30 years of trying to "educate" people otherwise. Most people flat out refuse
to accept the notion of 'intellectual property' when they're buying a physical
So the simple fix is to not allow customers to get their hands on a copy to begin with
. Just allow them to use it. That way there is absolutely no question of who
. And many more revenue opportunities to be had because of it.
Oh well... 40hz - prepare yourself for a lot of questions about implementing Linux!
It's really not that big a deal. Seriously. It's not.
Grab a copy of Linux Mint's
Cinnamon edition (or something similar) and just try using it. It's not much different from Windows. Most people that just use their computer for "productivity" will hardly even notice the difference.
I've booted Mint
off a live DVD for non-tech types and told them it was an advanced experimental version of Windows that wasn't due out until 2015. And guess what? Most of them loved
it. Raved about how nice
it looked, how smooth
it felt, how it was great to see a familiar desktop environment
again, etc. etc. etc. They'd play around with it for a few minutes and were soon off and running, getting things done.
But if I told them it was Linux first
, they'd immediately get confused and convince themselves they couldn't use it.
Suggestion: you have nothing to fear but fear itself. Just give it a try. You'll be amazed how far things have progressed in the Linux world - much to Microsoft's chagrin.