"Michaela Alexander, head of anti-piracy at Microsoft UK, told the Reg "First of all this is a pilot - customers have the choice to subscribe or not"".
I beg to differ. For those of us with Automatic Updates turned on, WGA was automatically downloaded to PCs as a critical update. Where's the choice in that?
If you then opt for an Express install the software installs automatically without you actually seeing what it is.
Me thinks that Big Brother (a.k.a. Bill Gates) is amongst us.