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    Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    Hi Everyone,
    OK, I don't want to sound like I'm looking a gift horse in the mouth BUT - I received a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> copy of Office 2003 from Microsoft this weekend! Why ever?!!!! My first instinct was that it was bootleg, but then why would someone go to that bother. Then I figured that Microsoft was doing this to advertise but isn't that pretty costly advertising? I just bought Office XP and Windows XP at Christmas and am still getting used to it [only have it at home so the time I get to use it is limited]. If this is for real I guess it's pretty cool, but I must admit I am curious why they would give out free copies.
    <font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><font color=4682b4>Sherry</font color=4682b4></big></font face=comic>

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    Re: Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    Did you submit a technology guarantee? That would get you a free copy of the latest version.
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    Re: Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    Charlotte,
    What is a technology guarentee?
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    Re: Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    Since you don't know, that probably isn't the answer unless the vendor somehow submitted it. A technology guarantee is Microsoft's offer that gives you a free upgrade to the newest version if you buy the previous version within a particular date window after the release of the new one. There was such an offer in place for Office XP after the release of Office Systems 2003.

    Er... did you attend any of the Office 2003 rollout events that promised a free copy of OS2003?
    Charlotte

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    Re: Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    I too have received free office and open-notes disks from Microsoft. I got it about a week ago; it came by regular mail and looks like it came from Microsoft.

    The packaging is a simple printed graphics cardboard sleeve, perhaps 6" x 11". The graphics look like their current add campaign. The disks have the right laser-graphics and look like the real deal.

    I can't see anything that says that this is time limited, or even a promo package. I did not see any explanation as to why they sent it to me.

    I had thought that maybe this was because I was listed as the contact person on our support many years ago, but today my CEO got the same package and I *know* he has never been involved with our IT support staff. Now I don't feel as special!

    Our I.T. guy did not get one.

    So, what is this all about?

    Mark

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    Re: Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    Sherry--

    I'm not sure what you received, but it is not likely going to be bootleg if the package came with a label that has the MS logo, and most of their promotions are shipped via Airborne Express. The Launch promos or promos for a meeting the morning of the launch in the same building were two disks (Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2003 was not included). One had MSO 2003 Pro and the other had One Note. It should have a product activation number that you should be able to call and verify witth Pre-Sales or where they'll connect you if you have any quesiton about it. There has to be a reason why you got it besides that they're feeling a wave of random generosity. Enjoy.

    SMBP

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    Re: Office 2003 For Free? (Office 2003)

    Mark--

    That's identical to the promotional freebie given from attending the Launch or an event connected with it on the same physical site. By "open notes" you mean One Note. On the Office site there are nice mini-tutorials for this new software, and you can get some great tips on it from the microsoft public newsgroup on it best accessed by using the OE newsreader.

    Since it's new, a lot of the MS One Note developers and project managers are answering questions directly, so you get a lot of direct MS TLC on a product like that. This is the kind of situation where you can get answers from Redmond in minutes. I find it really handy for gathering notes from the web for a presentation becaue you can drag pastes or graphs/illustrations faster than Word. It also has the feature you can quickly transpose lectures or meeting notes via mike into text--only limit is hard drive space.

    I have no idea why you got it, but it's a very nice gift and that package is the real thing. Because they are very helpful with One Note (they are treataing Info Path the same way) on their newsgroup, you have a great chance to talk to the gift horse's mouth.

    SMBP

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