Microsoft set to expand its Genuine Software Initiative

It's taken a while, but Microsoft has now confirmed it is expanding its Genuine Software Initiative (GSI), a pilot program to notify users of unauthorised copies of Windows that their copies of the software are, well, er, um, illegal.

Microsoft is now, apparently, suggesting that Windows users download a new tool - the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) notification utility, which automatically checks whether the copy of Windows on the host system is genuine when users access the Windows Update, Microsoft Update for Windows and Microsoft Download Centre portals.

If the utility identifies the copy of Windows being used is dodgy, it pops up an informational message to that effect.

So far, that's all that happens, and Microsoft isn't making the download of the utility a mandatory action, but you can guess what will be happening later this year...