"Never trust MS. (LOL) (LOL)"
Ed Bott did an article on 'Call Home' today. It really does have a different meaning today from years ago.
Anyway, the story with the latest update is that there’s really nothing new to see. The KB971033 update doesn’t check your system to see whether you’re a pirate; it checks the integrity of the Windows system files to ensure that they haven’t been tampered with. It’s looking for known activation exploits, which can be used by rogue system builders to foist pirated software on unsuspecting customers. Microsoft released similar updates in February 2008 and February 2009 for Windows Vista. The only thing that’s different here is that this one downloads revised signatures every 90 days.
Ed's got more MS contacts to get the straight scope I'm sure than either of us do <VBG>... I seriously doubt they'd lead on a respected columnist.
His PHONE HOME column.
All interesting reading.