Something’s fishy about this, Cnet is reporting that you can download Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft.com and they will also provide you the product key to activate the software for free.
If you attempt to download the free Microsoft Windows Media Center upgrade, which is being offered until January 31, a strange side effect takes hold. Windows 8 Pro will be permanently activated.
The activated Windows 8 Pro will allow you to exploit Microsoft’s Key Management Service (KMS) to get temporary access to copies of Windows 8 and permanently-authenticated copies of Windows. From Cnet’s article the process to obtain a free copy of Windows 8 Pro is not as simple as just activating the free Microsoft Windows Media Center but I just can’t stop thinking that this is just an elaborate Microsoft scheme to boosts Windows 8 userbase, since it’s not a secret that Windows 8 sales figures have been “been slow going” and OEM are to be blame.
I guess we can all go back to a Bill Gates quote regarding Chinese Windows pirates, “As long as they’re going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.”.
Last modified: November 22, 2012