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Old 05-11-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Boardman, OH
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For us Mac users,


An Open Office, thats a bit more "Mac optimized":
NeoOffice Home
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I hate the way Microsoft got greedy with Office 2007 requiring you to buy a License for every computer you have, so I abandoned Office 2007 and went to Open Office!
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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I hate the way Microsoft got greedy with Office 2007 requiring you to buy a License for every computer you have, so I abandoned Office 2007 and went to Open Office!
Licensing didn't change with Office 2007.
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Licensing didn't change with Office 2007.
1 copy of Office 2007 Professional or Ultimate = only 1 computer install, right? Like you can't install it on your desktop, laptop, and old computer? Isn't that why they sell medialess licenses? I have 4 computers and can't afford 4 Licenses!
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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1 copy of Office 2007 Professional or Ultimate = only 1 computer install, right? Like you can't install it on your desktop, laptop, and old computer? Isn't that why they sell medialess licenses? I have 4 computers and can't afford 4 Licenses!
Read the fine print. Software has always been licensed for one PC at a time unless stated otherwise, even if they don't actually enforce it. The medialess licenses are designed to be sold with a PC and run on that ONE PC, just like the OEM Windows license that came with your PC. If you buy a retail copy, you'll get media. You're not supposed to install it on more than one PC (unless they state otherwise) but you can usually get away with it to a point.

It looks like Office 2007 Home and Student is licensed for three PCs if you buy the retail version which I believe is $150 anywhere you find software.

From http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA101655301033.aspx (broken link)

Can I install Office Home and Student 2007 on more than one device?

Yes, if you have purchased a retail license of Office Home and Student 2007. The retail license terms permit installation and use of Office Home and Student 2007 on three devices. For more information about determining what type of license you have purchased and to obtain an overview of your licensing agreement, visit the Microsoft Software License Terms (MSLT) for the 2007 Microsoft Office system.
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Office Home & Student is lame. I need Office Professional or Ultimate. I can't afford the $900+ for Office Professional for 3 computers.

Have you ever installed Office Professional or Ultimate / 1 retail copy on 4 computers?
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Old 05-14-2009, 08:36 PM
 
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Office Home & Student is lame. I need Office Professional or Ultimate. I can't afford the $900+ for Office Professional for 3 computers.

Have you ever installed Office Professional or Ultimate / 1 retail copy on 4 computers?
You need a high end product but you don't want to pay for it legally. What components do you need in Pro/Ultimate that aren't lower versions, yet are in Open Office? Are you using it in a business or home?
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Last used Office 2003 Enterprise. Sometimes I need Access, but I do use Outlook too. Haven't looked at 2007 much because it's too expensive!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:04 PM
 
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Office has always been expensive unless you have access to academic discounts. 2007 is nothing new. Very few home users have any use for Access or even Outlook so it makes sense to put them in the higher priced business oriented versions.
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