Just in time for Halloween, Microsoft’s latest update earlier this week certainly has a trick or treat feel to it. If you’re one of the millions of PC users using a pirated version of Microsoft office on a pirated version of Windows then firstly shame on you, and secondly you’ll be inconvenienced by a scary black screen every sixty minutes and a perpetual warning that your software is fake on your task bar. The latest WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) and OGA (Office Genuine Advantage) Update isn’t meant to “brick” your PC, it is just meant to freak you out and pretend to look like you’re system has suffered an untimely death.
And after that little scare and you are truly repentant this Hallows eve, but still think over a thousand Renminbi is too much to pay to make your computer do the most basic of tasks, then visit the Ubuntu site for a legally free operating system. But don’t do it until October 30 when it’s latest version, the Intrepid Ibex is released. For an office alternative you can try Open Office.
Chinese software maker Kingsoft, in reaction to this latest somewhat intrusive update has issued a statement that although they are also against software piracy they won’t be introducing an update that is effectively malware to their WPS Office product.
IBM also announced last week that it will open a new research lab in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park in the Pudong New Area. This will add to it’s already 200 strong research lab in Beijing. John Kelly, IBM’s Senior Vice President and Director of Research is bullish about IBM’s future in China unlike many multinationals at the moment.
Taehoon Kim, co-founder and President of Nurien announced at OpenWebAsia ’08 that they will be releasing their MMOG by November. Now we’re not entirely sure what this game is all about given that it’s website is in Korean but after reviewing the video of it, we’re fairly certain that it will pick up many fans in China.