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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MollyC
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2006-07-04

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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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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.


This is all solid reasoning except for one thing ... Microsoft gave out coupons for Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).

There would be no problem in any of this except for that.

Microsoft are now offering a service (online MS Office) that these Linux coupon customers could use, if they were licesnsed to do so. There would be no problem there if Microsoft were to also offer them a license they could actually use, but Microsoft don't.

There is no version of Microsoft Office that will run on SLED, yet Microsoft's SLED coupon customers are being asked to pay for a license they can't use, in order to use another product (to whit, Microsoft Office online).

I'm pretty sure there would be something actionable here.

Microsoft could cure it pretty simply, IMO, by offering a means to license their SLED coupon customers via, say, a special reduced-price for MS Office online in conjunction with SLED/OpenOffice on those customer's desktop. I'd think that would probably be an acceptable resolution.

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Slambert666 Member since:
2008-10-30

This is all solid reasoning except for one thing ... Microsoft gave out coupons for Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).

There would be no problem in any of this except for that.


When they gave away (sold) those coupons did they then indicate that SLED would work with future versions of Office (specifically version 2010)?

Of course they did not, so no problem at all.

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