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    Free Microsoft software

    Edited by Bigaldoc to add URL codes.[/i] See the Quick Guide, or the 1-Click TagPanel, or even <!post=this StarPost.,438749>this StarPost.<!/post>

    The original link from where I discovered this said that there is a 3 month time commitment to allow Microsoft to monitor & collect info from your computer. I don't see such a time limit specified in any of the links I followed but I do see:
    <hr>If I decide to stop participating, how do I opt out? Your participation is entirely voluntary, so you may withdraw from the program at any time, with no consequence. If you decide to withdraw from the program, send us an e-mail at winpanel@microsoft.com with the word “remove” in the subject line, and we will take care of it. You should also uninstall our software.<hr>

    Anyway, go to Welcome - Windows Feedback Program

    Also FAQ excerpt:
    <hr>About the Windows Feedback Program

    Ok, tell me more about the automated feedback program - how does it work?
    If you agree to join the program, a small amount of data will be collected using the Windows Feedback Program software. That data will be sent to Microsoft so we can monitor how your computer is working and better understand how you are using Windows and Office. This data is collected every time you use Windows and Office. We use this data to help make future versions of the software better and more useful for you and other users.

    What about the free product?
    If you are a Windows Vista or Windows XP user and decide to join and participate in both programs, we will send you a free Microsoft product when you participate in the program. Limit one gift per person. This offer is non-transferable. This offer expires on 12/31/07, while supplies last, and is not redeemable for cash. Taxes, if any, are your sole responsibility. The current list of products to choose from are:

    * Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit and 64-bit DVD)
    * Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
    * Microsoft Money Plus Premium
    * Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2008
    * Microsoft Streets and Trips 2008<hr>

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Have you enrolled on this program?
    What do you think about it?
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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Nope. The only software on the list I might want is Vista Ultimate but I wouldn't put that up until ISP1 is released (supposed to be this or next week?). I'm also having some hardware problems with my new computer which is taking a lot of my time. I don't know if I could make the 12/31 end date at this point.

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    'Fraid it's just for folks in the good ole USA. The opinions of those of us Brits (un)fortunate enough not to live in the land of the free(bie) must not be important to Micro$oft. Anyway I resign myself to the loss of the opportunity to get Vista for free by repeating the mantra TANSTAAFL.

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    I've read this morning on a few of the tech news sites (Slashdot,Digg) that the software offer has been terminated as they've run out of available software to provide.

    Only a few weeks early... but it did say, while supplies last.
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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    OK, I may then be the only Lounger who takes the bait or admits to it, but I signed up since I'm not afraid to let Microsoft "see" what I do with my computer. You only get the software at the end of three months in the program. The initial survey I took was rather long, but not bad. I don't know what kind of activity they'll be monitoring, but the program requirement is ONLY that you be a current user of XP or Vista, not Office, etc. One thing that made me a little "nervous" was the fact that they want to see the folder structure on my computer! Well, I have nothing to hide, no contraband or porn or anything like that. I suppose they could LEARN something from the fact that I don't use My Documents.

    Edited: I forgot to say that I chose my free copy of Vista Ultimate and there was no mention about the offer being closed, only that I won't get the software for three months.

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    If, like Big Al, you live without fear <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24> then this offer coupled with this other one from MS would do a pretty good job of outfitting most of your basic software needs. Well that and having a valid college/university supplied email address.

    Get Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 for just $59.95
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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    <hr>I've read this morning on a few of the tech news sites (Slashdot,Digg) that the software offer has been terminated as they've run out of available software to provide.

    Only a few weeks early... but it did say, while supplies last.<hr>

    Yup, it's true. I missed it. Guess they ran out of bits! <img src=/S/clown.gif border=0 alt=clown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    The Office Ultimate for $59.95 offer is just for students and MS reserves the right to verify that you are a student. If you are not, they tell you that you will have to pay $695. The download has to go to a .edu address.

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Like Big Al. I signed up both myself and my wife as I could use a copy of both Windows Vista Ultimate and Office 2007. When I signed up, I was not told by Microsoft that they had run out of software. Consequently, at the end of the 3 months I expect to receive the software or I will be filing a complaint with the New York State Attorney General. If there were no software available, MS had an obligation to tell me so I could choose not to participate.

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Well I'm glad I'm not alone in this "test" Rich! If you don't mind saying, when did you sign up? I did so on December 11 and there was no indication that the free software offer had been terminated, so I must admit that I only gave a brief look at the two links provided by Chris. I wish now that I had made a screenshot of the page that allowed me to select the software, but I didn't do so at the time. The only thing I have from MS is the confirming email that I had to respond to in order to get registered. Mebbe those bloggers don't know what they're talking about, huh?

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Al,
    Well, I signed on too. Just after you did , I suppose, on the 11th. ( for Vista Ultimate )
    So we will see what we will see. <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Yeah, OK, so you and Rich and I are a "beta" team to see what happens! Whatever it is they're monitoring certainly hasn't "impacted" my machine's performance in the past couple of days. I've also been looking around at the files that have been installed on my drive to see what I can see. As far as I can tell, it's all out in the open, task manager clearly and visibly shows what processes are active and they're not taking ANY CPU.

    I hate to sound like a Microsoft shill, but there are a bunch of companies out there that I don't trust and Microsoft is NOT one of them! Deep down in my gut, I really do believe that they're trying to gather OS usage data and I don't mind contributing to that cause, especially if it'll get me a free copy of the latest operating system. OK, I've "outted" myself for all Loungers to see. <img src=/S/anigrin.gif border=0 alt=anigrin width=19 height=19>

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    I have been doing this off and on for some time. It is a program that Microsoft uses a lot and gets a lot of REAL life user input.
    I think the first time I was doing this the version was 1. something.
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    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Free Microsoft software

    Al, I, too, signed up on the 11th and saw just what you did and received the same e-mail.

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