Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th May 2010 15:41 UTC
Microsoft The Microsoft empire is built upon two pillars: the Windows operating system, and Microsoft Office. Windows 7 made its way unto the scene last year, and now it's time to work on the other pillar. Today, Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Regular customers will be able to purchase the new versions next month, starting at 119 USD.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/12/office_web_apps_linux_licen...

If businesses want to run Microsoft Office's new web-based apps on Linux machines, they'll need a buy a full Office license for each user - even though the suite's desktop apps don't run on Linux.


I think I can see a potential issue here. If users need a license for a product, then that is fair enough, but I can't see a way that Microsoft can legitimately charge people for a product that Microsoft doesn't sell. Namely, it seems to me that Microsoft cannot legitimately charge people (using Linux) a license for running Microsoft Office (wherever) if there simply is no "Microsoft Office for Linux" product for sale.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

uhh...

Web Office is meant as a companion to office, not a replacement.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

uhh... Web Office is meant as a companion to office, not a replacement.


That isn't the problem. The problem is Microsoft saying that "Buisness users of Linux" will need a full license for Microsoft Office, and what Microsoft are selling with "a full license for Microsoft Office" is a right for someone to run a full-featured Microsoft Office, and Microsoft do not provide any such a product for "Buisness users of Linux".

So Microsoft are trying to charge for something they are not providing.

This is a potential lawsuit in the making, IMO.

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