Microsoft Adds Firefox Support to WGA

Firefox users may still be out of the luck when it comes to Windows Update, but they can now download files from Microsoft that require Windows Genuine Advantage validation thanks to a new plug-in. WGA checks to make sure the Windows license is legit and is now a requirement on the Microsoft Download Center.

The Firefox plug-in works just like the Active X control for Internet Explorer. IE team head Dean Hachamovitz said the move was made after a great deal of customer feedback. "Basically, customers said 'We want to make sure our PCs are running genuine Windows and have access to all the content on the Microsoft Download Center; the experience when we’re running a Mozilla browser is not great. Do something about it.'"

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