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On 30 Nov 2013, at 4:32 pm, M. Fioretti <> wrote:

(*) where "give it away for free" doesn't mean only "free trial
periods". It also means keeping the software very easy to pirate so
people learn it at home and then throw a tantrum if their company
(that can't use pirated software) tries to migrate to something else

Hi Marco,

This is a very important observation. Whether deliberately cultivated or not, the near universal 
practice of stealing, or quietly being given, a copy of an employer's software meant that MS Office 
products gained near-ubiquity.  If people writing documents on their private computers had been 
obliged to but a copy of MS Office, alternatives would have been embraced much more 
enthusiastically. We would not have seen, as an example, demands to provide documents in MS Word 
format when providing a CV.

I believe that at some time in the future, former MS executives will reveal that theft was a vital 
element in MS' strategy for their Office products during the world colonisation phase.

Peter West

...he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.

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