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Someone in Kaskus forum sold Microsoft software products much cheaper than normal retail prices. Because the seller has good reputation, I managed to buy Microsoft Visio 2010 Professional Edition because I knew where to resell it. (It was almost 70% off!!!) But that’s just too good to be true.

Had the software was not a counterfeit, I would have gained money.  Fortunately, I was still conscious about possibility of being deceived by the seller so I used a third party service mediating the payment process called Rekening Bersama. I got my money back.

These are photos comparing the counterfeit Visio with my authentic Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, both from Microsoft. Some photos, without being compared, straightforwardly tell that it is a counterfeit. Click on each photo to see it larger.

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The fake one.

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The Registered ® sign next to the words “Microsoft”, “Visio”, and “SharePoint” should be placed as a superscript rather than subscript. Also notice some misspells from the above photo on the right ( . . . even if they don’thave Visio.) and photos below.

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( . . . can now be unified in one dingram . . . .)

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(Som examples are fictitious.)

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It’s not properly cut. Product Key sticker’s not aligned.

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Poor print quality of Product Key (left). Compare with mine (right).

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Horrible package. It was broken too.

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Visio Pro 2010 32-bit/x64 English Intl DVD. Shouldn’t it be like Visio Pro 2010 32-bit/64-bit English Intl DVD or Visio Pro 2010 x86/x64 English Intl DVD?

Also notice the so called Port-Hole™.  A Port-Hole™ is a transparent hole on a COA (Certificate of Authenticity), generally shaped like an oval or a flying window, with individual paper fibers visible around the inside edge. Port-Hole™ is the latest security measure Microsoft has taken to minimize duplication and further reduce the potential for label transfer from one unit to another. Authentic COA should not have a clean cut of Port-Hole™, but somewhat like a tempered hole. Below is an example of authentic COA from Microsoft website.

The DVD-ROM was not flawless too.

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The middle part of Visio DVD-ROM had some discoloration, if you can see it from the photo above. Compare those two hologram area too. You could see the difference easily.

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In the security patch, the word “Microsoft” should change to “GENUINE” when the disc is tilted, so each word would appears alternately. But both words always appear at the same time on the fake Visio. (I tried to photograph my Vista DVD-ROM in an angle where both words appeared together.)

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Both are photos of my Vista DVD-ROM on the reverse side. There are two holographic captions of “Microsoft” which should change to “SECURE” when the disc is tilted. Compare with two photos of the fake Visio below.

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Above are photos of the fake Visio. Somehow it always shows a word “MECURft”.

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Mine has slightly embossed print. The counterfeit was a simple printout.

Those are all the evidence I could gather when the DVD-ROM was in my hand. Obviously, it is a counterfeit. The seller said that he got it from his supplier that way so he didn’t know about the authenticity of the products.

Well, recently many computer shops sell Windows 7 at an unbelievable price. They are made in USA, though. As far as I know, Microsoft software products marketed in Indonesia are made in Singapore, and they have an activation restriction (i.e. they have to be activated on selected countries, South East Asian countries to be specific). However, the US Windows 7 do not have activation restriction. I tend to believe that they are authentic, but I have no idea whether the distribution is legal. This was actually another reason why I wanted to buy the Visio. I thought the Visio was the same as the US Windows 7 being sold in Indonesia.

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