Getting 4th product key - Office:mac 2008

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  1. rwpowell729 macrumors newbie

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    I bought Office:mac Home & Student 2008 for my teacher wife and kids in school. Now need a fourth product key. Do I need to buy a another CD to add one more product key? I don't need 3 more keys, just one.

    thanks,

    Randy
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Yes, to stay within the license terms you need another copy of Office. The Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition gave you three licenses, and another copy would give you three more. You could also buy a single copy of Office 2008 for Mac, but that would cost more.
     
  3. rwpowell729 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply but...

    Thanks for the reply but i think it stinks that Microsoft can't provide an alternative to buying three at a time.

    However, I do appreciate your taking time to read and respond.


    randy
     
  4. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    There is the option, in windows that is, buying a business license for multi users, though that wouldn't help here.
     
  5. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know where you can find it but I know there are companies out there that sell OEM licenses and it is legite. You get the license at a reduced cost because you are not getting the box and all the flux that go with it. I will try to look it up but just htought I would throw that out there, food for thought...
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think you're looking at it the wrong way. Microsoft sells you a home/student version of Office at a massive discount to their list price, and they let you use it on three computers instead of one. It takes a fairly significant distortion of reality to view this as "stinky" business practice....
     
  7. rwpowell729 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I will restate my point...

    I appreciate your opinion and that Microsoft offered the H&S version at the price point they did. It is, compard to many of their products, a good value.

    My point is simple. Having already provided a good option, it seems like good business - as well as a saving of plastic and other resources - for Microsoft to provide a simple process to extend the three licenses (like CALs) at a fair market price. I need one. Perhaps others need 2 or 6. Can't we just buy a license (porduct key) and save the packaging, CDs, etc. and pay for what we need?

    All said, I appreciate all of the input and suggestions. And I do mean all.
     
  8. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    You could write them, the Office support department. Nothing lost by trying. Its very small, but there is always a chance they would sell you one. ;)
     
  9. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Please- in spite of the fact that they may appear legitimate, there is no such thing as a legal site selling OEM software with no boxes and all that in spite of all the SPAM email you get regarding "cheap OEM software" and such.

    Take a minute or two and look at any of the links in the OEM Software Scams search provided by Google.

    Or just go ahead and give them your money (they really appreciate it if you pay via credit card and most make you agree to not do a chargeback at risk of being sued by them if you do :eek:.... hmmmm....) so you can get pirated software on a burned disk with a keygenned registration code, or worse nothing at all and just leaving your credit card info in their hands. :(

    Easy test of the proof of the scam is to call the software publisher (in the case of discussion here, Microsoft) and ask if "cheapsoftwareforless.com" or whatever is a licensed software distributor for them.
     
  10. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, sorry. I guess you know everything.. My apologies. And I am just a dim witted individual who believes everything I read and just willing gives my money to whoever.. OMG, I'm dumb... :eek:
     
  11. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Apple sells Mac OS X in a one-copy version and a family-pack version, good for up to 5 Macs in a household. My situation exactly suited this, since we had 4 or 5 Macs in the family when Tiger and Leopard updates came out. If I had needed 6, I would have been highly annoyed to pay for another full price copy, but that's what proper licensing would require.
     
  12. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    This is great feedback that you should share with our team. To do so, go to our product feedback site and enter it there -- that way, that feedback and all of the other feedback that we get is aggregated and gets into the right hands. (For example, feedback like this is for the marketing team, but a request to double the size of the Excel grid from one million rows to two million rows should go to the technical team.)

    Regards,
    Nadyne.
     

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