Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
I think the overwhelming majority of home users who use Microsoft Office likely obtained it using less than legitimate means. In the case of this forum, most members who use the software at home are doing so using their Technet subscriptions.
Not sure where you get your stats from but trust me, a lot of people are actually purchasing it in legitimate ways. I've done some retail work and trust me, there are lots of everyday joe smoe purchases. Also, students can get a discount on the professional plus
at a substantial discount. My daughter did
And let’s not forget the Microsoft Home Use Program
that’s offered to the military and government workers. So yeah, I think there are more legitimate "home" users then you might think
Is there piracy, of course? But take this in consideration..... a lot of everyday "home" users whom we so eagerly dismiss as uneducated don't know "how" to pirate and will thus pay the exorbitant prices we decry as foul rather than jump through the hoops just to get a pirated copy.
Example - I tell people all the time about the "free" Anti-Virus software Microsoft offers, yet they look at me like I'm speaking rocket science when telling the where to download it from and hold on to that paid program like they're holding on for a breath of air
Yes, there’s always exceptions to the rule, but…
My two cents.