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

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lemur2 Member since:

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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Stratoukos Member since:

What are you talking about? A license for Microsoft Office gives you the right to run Office and the right to use the Web app. How is it reason for a lawsuit if you don't meet the minimum requirements for one of the things provided with the license? Can I buy a license and then sue them if I don't own a computer? Or are they obligated to provided versions of Office for every OS under the sun?

If you use linux and want to buy a license knowing that you won't be able to use the offline part of office it's your choice.

I agree that they should have a way to license only the web apps, but I can't see a way this is reason for a lawsuit.

PS. the above are true only for business customers that want to serve their own instance off sharepoint. The web apps are free for the public.

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MollyC Member since:

The terms appear to be that anyone using web Office for business also needs a license of desktop Office, regardless of what OS that user might be using. Your post implied that the terms specifically targeted Linux, when it doesn't. That provision is actually meant to target Windows users, to make sure that those using web apps for business purposes, aren't using them for free. And as a side-effect it covers users of other OSes too, and rightly so. Why should business users of other OSes get easier terms to use web Office than Windows users? It makes no sense that business users on Windows would have to pay but business users on other OSes could use those apps for free.

There's no basis for a law suit at all (it's not like business Linux users were using web Office before, and suddenly had the license change under their feet), though I'm sure you're hoping for such.

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