For most people the answer is to shrug and pay the money because they are unaware of any other
option and wherever they bought the machine from is unlikely to know either (or at least not admit
I just did a quick search for "computers" on Amazon (since it happened to be open due to someone
else's post) and found about 3 out of the first 5 machines it listed claimed to have OpenOffice
pre-installed, one of the machines was a chrome-book and the other just didn't seem to mention any
programs bundled with the computer.
So, things do seem to be improving a bit but i imagine MS will fight against that.
From: James Knott <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, 8 September 2013, 20:36
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Table Breaks in Writer
Tom Davies wrote:
Recently OEMs have started putting trial versions of MSO on machines so that people have to pay
an additional amount a month or so after starting to use their new machine but in the past it was
really difficult to find and buy a machine that didn't have MSO pre-installed.
A friend of mine got caught in that trap when she bought a new computer
a couple of years ago. She called me up and asked how she could get
access to her documents. OpenOffice to the rescue.
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