Microsoft has reduced the number of product keys available to TechNet subscribers from ten to maximum five, for security reasons.
The change was first related by Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott, less than a week ago, qualifying it as a supposed TechNet bug and on September 19, he updated his bog and confirmed it was intentional.
Apparently this reduction of the number of product-license keys was done without notice, according to The Register, even if Microsoft says it was mainly a security measure, meant to prevent piracy.
Here is Microsoft’s response to Mary Jo Foley’s questions about the change in the number of product-license keys:
“Microsoft is committed to helping prevent software piracy, which often results in end users being the victims of software counterfeiters. More »
With the latest versions of Microsoft’s cash cows available to volume license customers, a new version of the tool allowing for the administration of volume activation is currently available for download. The Volume Activation Management Tool has made it all the way to version 2.0, and is now tailored not only to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but also to the recently released to manufacturing Office 2010. VAMT 2.0 is designed to allow IT professionals to centrally manage volume activation, as well as automate repetitive tasks. Of course, VAMT 2.0 needs to be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Management Console.
Unlike home users, businesses have the option to buy not only the retail version of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Office 2010 RTM, but also the volume versions, which differ in terms of activation. More »