Oh, Microsoft. I hope this is just a very elaborate joke and I simply don’t get it. If it’s not, then please let me be the first to tell you that spreading a press release in an attempt to debunk the myths surrounding software piracy on April Fools day is really, really lame.
You’re like the guy who walks around at a party and suddenly blurts out: “Careful, people. The long term effects of alcohol range from possible health benefits for low levels of alcohol consumption to severe detrimental effects in cases of chronic alcohol abuse!”
All that guy is going to get is heaps of blank stares and probably some offensive name-calling as soon as he turns his back.
This is the digital equivalent of said behavior:
“There is a sense of relief when a cruel joke is quickly followed by a wisecracking “April Fools!” But when consumers fall victim to software piracy, you can be sure a pirate won’t relieve their misery with humor.”
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