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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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.

Microsoft offered coupons for Linux.

Now Microsoft are claiming that those Business Linux users, who have a licensed product they got (albeit indirectly) via Microsoft, and who could potentially use THAT product (Specifically, Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop, aka SLED) to access Microsoft Offfice Online, nevertheless will now need to purchase a full license for Microsoft Office.

This would all be fine except for one thing ... Microsoft Office doesn't run on Linux. Microsoft do not offer a version of Microsoft Office that will actually work for those customers. Hence Microsoft would be requiring their (Linux coupon) customers to buy something additional (a desktop license for Microsoft Office) that won't work (i.e. something that is actually useless to said customers).

Lawsuit time, IMO. It would be no sillier than thousands of other lawsuits that seem to get up.

Edited 2010-05-13 03:05 UTC

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