Free Vista, If Microsoft Looks Over Your Shoulder

by admin December 13, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Microsoft briefly offered to bestow high-end versions of its Windows and Office software on home users this month, under the condition that they let the software giant monitor their usage.

While the prospect sparked privacy concerns among a few, the dilemma of whether to participate in the trade-off may now be moot: On Tuesday, the company promptly ended the Windows Feedback Program’s free-software offer, saying that it had received enough volunteers.

It’s unclear how many users successfully registered for the program, which offered software including Windows Vista Ultimate, Office Ultimate 2007 and Microsoft Money Plus Premium. Officially, registration for the Windows Feedback Program continues, but without the offer of free software.

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