Piracy has long moved on from ships boarding one another and plundering whatever is on board the other ship, to the much more modern (and less bloodthirsty method) version that involves unauthorized downloads of work in the digital format – most notably, music and movies. Well, having said that, Microsoft intends to prevent app piracy on their Windows Phone Market Place with a new encryption set in place. It seems that this encryption, when fully implemented across the board, will be able to prevent sideloading of illegally downloaded XAPs from Microsoft’s servers. What do you think of this? I am quite sure that this will not stop anyone who really wants to bring home a Windows Phone 7-powered device from purchasing one, although those who are on the fringe and have been dealing with pirated apps, music and other forms of digital media will think twice. Better some form of protection than none at all, I say.