It’s being touted as a “kind of safety switch” but it is about as lame an excuse as I have heard in a while. Windows Genuine Advantage, Microsoft’s program for controlling piracy, has your computer running an undisclosed daily check in.
Now you’d thing that once you validated/registered your software you would be home free. You’d run the auto-updates if you liked, and if you kept a tinfoil hat on you could shut those off too (although I hope you’d run them once in a while, if only on your schedule).
David Lazar, director of the program noted:
“We’re looking at ways to communicate that in a more forward manner”
…after being questioned about why it wasn’t disclosed in the EULA.
Now’s as good a time as any, Dave, since you have just been called out.