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Office Home & Student '07 on a business computer.

by k8tesamp / January 15, 2009 3:14 AM PST

Hi my name is Kate,

I work for a company and I noticed on a work PC that Office Home & Student 2007 had been installed. I thought that as that version of office could only used for non-commercial purposes and was limited to 3 licenses using it on a business computer that's used for commercial practices was illegal. However my co-workers disagreed.

Could anyone answer the below:

1) I'm pretty sure that if you validate software MS logs things like I.P address and other info, would uninstalling the software be a good thing to do and has anyone know if there is a penalty applied.

2) Can MS tell who you are i.e who the licensees are, I mean it maybe that 2 other 'home users' are validated to use it legally and we are using it illegally and they may get a nasty email or letter from MS through no fault of their own.

Many thanks for any help,


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This may help
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 15, 2009 8:19 PM PST

Microsoft Software License Terms (MSLT) for Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007

Before you use the software under a license, you must assign that license to "licensed device." That device is a
"licensed device." A hardware partition or blade is considered to be a separate device.
a. Licensed Device. You may install one copy of the software on three licensed devices in your household for use by people who reside there. The software is not licensed for use in any commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating business activities."

The full text in PDF format can be downloaded from here;

That may answer your questions, even if it does not allay your fears.


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I'd only fret about it if...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2009 9:58 PM PST

My job was on the line or if I'm the infringer. There is another problem about this. Let's say this company is skirting the rules (breaking them in fact.) Will they be doing the same when it comes to pay, employee safety and more?

And let's give them an alternative to rule breaking!

-> Open Office from is free and can be used to edit and create all the common office documents in Office 2003 document formats.

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