Microsoft Vista activation hacked - well, for 179 days anyway...

Interested to read over the weekend that Vista's product activation system has been hacked - well, sort of.

It appears that the Business and Enterprise (i.e. corporate) versions of Vista have a key management option to extend the main activation code to one or more secondary PCs - i.e. a laptop - for up to 179 days.

Microsoft's corporate licensing system for Windows has always had this sort of temporary licensing flexibility, but I'm rather surprised that Vista has it too, given Microsoft's increasingly draconian stance on piracy and licensing safeguards seen with Office and Windows XP.

Anyway, judging from some of the comments on the Microsoft forums and newswires over the weekend, it seems that a number of laptop users have temporarily activated Vista using this loophole and are already crowing about their actions.

I wonder how long before Microsoft stomps on them from a very great height using a decapitation, sorry, deactivation code?...