After reading Ed Bott’s “Is Microsoft about to release a Windows ‘kill switch’?” , my only recommendation is that people take their money out of Microsoft and put it somewhere else. A computer that runs Microsoft Windows, pirated or not, is owned by a potential customer for software publishers that target the platform. Microsoft might be reducing software theft and pressuring people to get software licenses in order to increase short-term shareholder value. There is a slight risk of some consumers turning away from Microsoft, further reducing Microsoft Windows market share in desktop operating systems and making Microsoft more irrelevant. On a positive note, this may encourage software publishers to target operating systems other than Microsoft Windows and help foster alternative productivity environments.
Note: I do not have any positions in either of the companies mentioned.