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Microsoft yanks Office 2007 from online store

By The 'G-Man.' ·
I think I told you so a while back this would happen, well....

Microsoft has yanked most versions of Office 2007 from its US online store, after missing its deadline to remove a patented technology from the software.

Visitors to the site looking to purchase the complete Office 2007 suite are currently limited to individual applications, with all other PC and Mac versions accompanied by the message: "this product is currently unavailable while we update versions on our site. We expect it to be available soon."

- lool as the say:

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And they're also trying to get an appeal to reduce the

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Microsoft yanks Office 20 ...

payout they have to make as well. It all means that they now have to change Office, and put the price up to cover a three hundred million dollar payout and about another hundred million dollars of legal and public relations expenses, plus about fifty thousand dollars of software salaries to effect the changes.

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Office 2010

by .Martin. In reply to Microsoft yanks Office 20 ...

will be out in the first half of the year, so it probably won't go back up.

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That's a lot of lost sales.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Office 2010

Does anyone see this as a serious opportunity for and other suites to gain market share?

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will kill a chunk

by .Martin. In reply to That's a lot of lost sale ...

of MS's sales, only problem is Retail stores will still sell the offending versions

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Not a chance

by john3347 In reply to That's a lot of lost sale ...

If the Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon and accompanying lack of intuitiveness and required multiple mouse clicks failed to boost OpenOffice market share, perhaps nothing would. If one cannot give away iced tea on a sweltering hot day it is time to go back to the think tank.

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by Forum Surfer In reply to Not a chance

At first I thought that you may be someone bashing OpenOffice. Then I thought to have a point. All politics and points about windows admins being "afraid" to deploy OO aside...with all the Microsoft Office problems as of late, OO should be doing more to capitalize.

For the record, I'm neutral. I use both. Truth be told, the ribbon interface never bothered me. I have even grown to like it somehow. I do keep a copy of OO on all machines, however. When I was in charge of deploying all the images within my organization, I also made sure OO was there, as well. Even though it was there for free, most people simply didn't like it even when I personally demonstrated it to them. The only way they would use OO was if I uninstalled Office.

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OO and Linux suffer from the same problem - lack of user

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Not a chance

knowledge of their existence. The majority of end users don't know about them because the average end suer walks into a department store and looks at what's on the shelf before they make a decision about what to buy - if it's not visible on the shelf, they don't even think about. Because they don't know about, they don't even consider buying it.

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OO is an alternative not a replacement

by jdaughtry In reply to That's a lot of lost sale ...

I've just tried OO 3.1.1 and am still disappointed with its compatibility with MS Office features beyond simple editing and lack of docx support. My current favorite is SoftMaker, which preserves most of the MS Office oddities including docx. And of course none of them honor the VB extensions and none of them have a true replacement for Outlook.

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by charleswdavis6670 In reply to OO is an alternative not ...

Isn't .docx dead with the removal of XML code?

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Refuse to even consider it

by Tig2 In reply to That's a lot of lost sale ...

I have been quite happy with the capability of Neo Office so don't even consider MS Office as a viable candidate any longer. I could get a deal on it when I bought my desktop Mac and decided to pass.

I would like to think that this will give OO and Neo a greater opportunity in the market. I recently recommended OO as the solution of choice to my church as they have been having issues with multiple versions of Office and a need to be able to open documents from any computer in the office.

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