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Microsoft Academic software vs. non-academic

by GallyGator / December 1, 2009 1:05 PM PST

I just ordered a new laptop and I plan to purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007 to operate my small home business, but I'm getting lots of conflicting messages.

I'm shopping on ebay and finding many Microsoft Office Professional 2007 - THE ACADEMIC VERSION. Some of the conflicting things I'm hearing is that I can not use Academic for business purposes. I hear that Academic means the license will run out after 1-3 years and shut me completely out unless I buy the extn., I see some Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that are not academic, but they say "NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE". What does that mean? Some of these ebay sites say there is ABSOLUTELY NO RESTRICTIONS on the academic version. Can I buy Academic version for my business?

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Re: Microsoft academic
by Kees Bakker / December 1, 2009 4:38 PM PST
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Microsoft Office Pro academic vs. non academic
by GallyGator / December 2, 2009 12:52 AM PST
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thank you for the link. That addressed who can own it, but if anyone has specific answers to some of these other questions, that would also be helpful. Thx again for the link.

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To be honest, I wouldn't even be thinking about this.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 2, 2009 4:19 AM PST

You're in business so get the version that is designed for that, and not any other version. The Academic version is just that, a version of Microsoft Office for educational establishments under a 1 year or 3 year licensing period. The link Kees offered gives, in the "Renew or Update" tab, further details of renewing the license, eg at this link on the same web site;
http://www.microsoft.com/education/license/manage/renew.aspx

But my point is, this is the academic version so I am not sure why you are even thinking about purchasing it for business. It may be that there is very little difference to the commercial version, but why risk the hassle.

I can't answer for the eBay seller's quotes that (they are not academic, but they say "NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE"). You would have to check with the sellers, but I would say this. Personally I would not purchase software from an eBay seller unless it is some obscure and 'no longer available in the shops' title that I had years ago with Win 95 and want to use it again. If I can get commercially available and up to date software from a bricks and mortar store or its on-line equivalent, or from a recognised and respected online store like Amazon, I would do that. From eBay you are not buying from a store, you are purchasing from some other person. Who knows who that person is?

With bricks and mortar or Amazon you have direct dispute methods if anything goes wrong, which you don't have with an eBay seller.

Of course it is your choice in the end, but my own advice is to stick with the commercial product, and purchase it from somewhere you know and can trust.

Mark

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