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Peter West wrote:

or quietly being given, a copy of an employer's software meant that MS Office products gained 

Assuming the organization is not SoHo sized, or smaller, unless the person negotiating with 
Microsoft for licenses is a complete idiot,  the license will allow for each employee to install 
MSO on their home computer, for the duration of their employment, or the corporate license expires, 
whichever comes first.

demands to provide documents in MS Word format when providing a CV.

The first software to scan resumes did so with plain text.  HR personel are too incompetent with 
computer software, to know how to convert a file in any non-plain text file format to plain text, 
so the companies added import in MS Word DOc, as an option.  They also provided the ability to 
import several other word processing formats. But since HR doesn't understand that the software has 
that ability, they don't accept resumes in other formats.

former MS executives will reveal that theft was a vital element in MS' strategy for their Office
products during the world colonisation phase.

Bill Gates is on record that corporate piracy was, and is, vital to their efforts to prevent 
competitors from even gaining a toehold.  

Ballmer is on record on saying that the company has to walk a fine line in combating piracy. Whilst 
short term revenue is always increased when the piracy crackdown happens, the long term revenue 
stream is less clear, and that some companies and organizations have made it decidely more 
difficult for Microsoft to collect any money from them.

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