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The following information is taken from a review of the Microsoft Office 
XP Suite in the July issue of California Lawyer magazine.  Note that 
part of the reason the reviewer does not recommend the suite is because 
of the nice little tricks that I set out below.  Given the fact that 
Microsoft is essentially winning its anti-trust suit, maybe it will 
eventually lose by turning off the public.

The tricks:

You must register the suite within the first fifty times it boots or 
else the program will cripple itself.  This means among  other things 
that you won't be able to save any files that you've opened and saved, 
and you won't be able to begin new documents.

You're given two easy installations; one for a desktop and one for a 
laptop.  On the second installation you are told that the product has 
already been activated and you have to call Microsoft and talk to a 
person who will give you a number for you to enter into the "Product 
Activation box."  Here's what the reviewer says if you have to install a 
third time:

"You're a good little soldier.  But try to install it on a third  
computer and bingo, Big Bill's gotcha.  LHB (this stands for "live human 
being"; this is the person you have to call at Microsoft) tells you 
you're out of luck: If you want to activate Office XP on this third 
computer, you must uninstall it from one of the first two and then call 
back for an ID."

"Heaven forbid you should upgrade your hard drive or someone should 
steal your computer.  You have to call LHB and reassure him or her that 
you're not trying to cheat--that this really is your laptaop or that a 
lightning bolt really did hit your desktop computer square on its on 

The reviewer really loves Word, so maybe Microsoft will turn its fans 
against itself.


Robert G. Scofield

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