Sunday August 05, 2012

Microsoft Tightens Grip on OEM Windows 8 Licensing

With Windows 8, the information leaks continue with details on how Microsoft will be plugging one of its bigger areas of revenue loss: the OEM distribution process. The OEM vendors have a new set of hoops to jump through for Windows 8 OEM authentication.

Under OA 3.0, manufacturers will be required to write a unique Windows product key into the BIOS of each new PC, keyed to that particular computer's hardware. In the past, OEMs used the same product key for every PC they shipped.