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First off, every company has periodic changes in ui and features when
they upgrade.  I'd be concerned if somebody was offering me an upgrade
that looked and worked exactly like the previous version.  Also, using
the term steal in regards to discounted prices is more than a bit
Second, schools are verry good marketing targets.  If students grow up
using one particular office suite, chances are that they'll continue
using that suite.  Almost all of the Apple fans I met came out of
university graphics arts programs.  Add in the student discount rate and
the odds of the person purchasing that program on their own being very
low, and you've got a very good success rate.
It sounds to me like your school does not have a well thought out
upgrade protocol.  This would be true whether or not they were on MSO,
LO, OO, etc

On 11/29/2013 2:57 PM, Paolo Debortoli wrote:
hi. I work in a state school, using ms windows and ms office...  i think I know the policy of 
microsoft.  I think they use a sort of (apparent) programmed obsolescence for the software.  I 
mean: periodically they add a new version with some changes in interface, macro programming, 
functions and file structure, which is installed on new computers. the new version is voluntarily 
incompatible with the previous ones.  It's a matter of marketing, not innovation.  where I work, 
people are always complaining that what works on a computer (files, macro etc..)  doesn't work on 
another.  the school, on the other way, doesn't want to spend money on new software licenses  
(very expensive in italy).  so, why don't they change ?   they don't know enough about 
LibreOffice; they would need demonstrations or some training (some training is done, but always 
on ms office, I don't know which version...  are they trained every new version?), I guess...   I
 think microsoft did the same politics with charities and schools:  discounted prices (but they 
are still stealing money somehow...). other software producers (autodesk) are doing similar 
things...   schools are good marketing targets... ideas?

On Friday, November 29, 2013 8:31 PM, John Meyer <> wrote:
I didn't know we considered trialware "cunning".

On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM, James Knott <>wrote:

Tom Davies wrote:
Also on newer machines MS have started running a cunning scheme
whereby people get to use a trial version of MS Office which then
stops working after a month or so.  In order to keep on using it
people have to pay an extra bit.

That happened to a friend of mine about 3 years ago.  She's now running

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