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From: plino <>
Sent: Sat, 16 April, 2011 10:07:11
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: Ellison's Oracle washes hands of OpenOffice

Good morning Tom ;)

Although I agree with most of your arguments, Microsoft's position on Office
has changed a lot lately.

First it is almost impossible to buy a new Win7 machine which doesn't have
some version of Office bundled. It varies from a Trial version to a Starter
version and sometimes even the whole Office is included.

On a second (and probably more important) front, Microsoft silently retired
the Office Genuine Advantage check which prevented illegal copies to be

I think that Microsoft is taking measures to prevent it's users to shift to
an Open Source Office suite ;)

Hi :)
Possibly but MS has not even really started to fight yet.  Shop-bought machines 
often have tons of bloat installed, trialware and expensive stuff you don't 
really have an option about having or not having but just have to pay for 
anyway.  Shops profit from that and wouldn't be able to profit so much from free 
software.  So, yes, the odds are stacked against us.  

1.  At least as trials-end people are given an option to buy MS or not even if 
they have been hooked on MS by then.  

2.  If people freshly install or reinstall Windows from Cd/Dvd (which almost 
never happens) that is where MS Office is not included.  

3.   an installed MS Office can be uninstalled without breaking the OS
4.  LibreOffice can be installed alongside MS Office
5.  People with 'old' versions of MS Office might choose us rather than upgrade 
to MSO
Not great options but its what we have.
Regards from
Tom :)

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