is this morally ok

i have a person who is working on my computers at work and he said he would put a power point on my laptop in order to do a presentation at church for a small charge. is that morally ok, since microsoft office is expensive to install, and i do not know if he is going to buy it.

If you don’t own the software …compare the price he is charging you to the price of the software. The difference is your answer.

Sounds like the guy is a pirate.

Ask him where he got the license. It’s as simple as that.

If you can’t afford Microsoft Office but need that kind of functionality, check out OpenOffice. Does the same things, but free!

[quote=labbo606]i have a person who is working on my computers at work and he said he would put a power point on my laptop in order to do a presentation at church for a small charge. is that morally ok, since microsoft office is expensive to install, and i do not know if he is going to buy it.
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If the number of installation permitted with the purchase is exceeded, or falls outside compnay purpose for installation, than I would say “yes” it would be immoral, i.e., taking what you are not rightfully entitled to.

[quote=Almeria]Ask him where he got the license. It’s as simple as that.

If you can’t afford Microsoft Office but need that kind of functionality, check out OpenOffice. Does the same things, but free!
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Yes! Great program!

If you made the presentation on a licensed version of PP, there is a PP viewer you can use to legally display the presentation.

Does anyone know of an open-sorce graphical web editor, a-la FrontPage?

if you use microsoft or any other software you have to pay for a license. If he is giving you company software, collecting money from you, but allowing the company to pay to license, or failing to pay the license, he is stealing, and so are you if you cooperate.

Just because he is offering to install it at a discount, doesn’t make him a pirate. He could have an OEM or VAR situation worked out with Microsoft. This is especially probable if he is someone who works on office computers. Ask him and he’ll tell you. (If he doesn’t tell you anything, THEN maybe he’s a pirate. Har-har mateys… :thumbsup: )

[quote=Almeria]If you can’t afford Microsoft Office but need that kind of functionality, check out OpenOffice. Does the same things, but free!
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Yes, so true. I used to pirate software, but I found Linux and I’m done. I know Microsoft is the standard, but you can survive without it. However, the earlier suggestion about OEM software is also true. User-end licenses make the product so expensive. OEM has no tech support (and tech support is $99 per incident :bigyikes: )

Go OpenOffice!!!, and never worry about pirated software again!

Eamon

[quote=ppcpilot]If you made the presentation on a licensed version of PP, there is a PP viewer you can use to legally display the presentation.

Does anyone know of an open-sorce graphical web editor, a-la FrontPage?
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I agree, he may be just putting the perfectly legal power point viewer on the computer. Also, OpenOffice will play a powerpoint presentation.

BTW, OpenOffice includes a thing called HTML Writer (from any document go to file go to new go to html document), which may do what you want. You could also try Nvu, which is open source and for HTML, but it is not out of beta, if I recall.

If anyone installs Microsoft software on your PC (probably others too), they should give you the certificate of authenticity/proof of license. If they don’t you do not have an authorized copy of the software in Microsoft’s eyes. All OEMs have this for their customers, I see it all the time.

That document also has the install code in case you ever have to reinstall the software - it’s a letter/number combination like A4HB7-QW2RT-O35MM-D9YTU. Without this, you can only run theproduct for like 2 weeks. He must give you this on official authenticated document from Microsoft.

[quote=ppcpilot]Yes! Great program!

Does anyone know of an open-sorce graphical web editor, a-la FrontPage?
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Try Mambo

mamboserver.com/

It needs to be installed on the server. It’s open source and has a lot of free add ons available.

Works great.

[quote=Pug]I agree, he may be just putting the perfectly legal power point viewer on the computer. .
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Yep, PowerPoint Viewer is a free download from Microsoft. It allows you to present Powerpoints (but not create them).

There are similar free viewer for each of the MS Office products.

Link Here

Yes, I would go to the microsoft power point VIEWER

microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=428d5727-43ab-4f24-90b7-a94784af71a4&displaylang=en

The above link is a free download from the microsoft website which allows you to view but not make power point presentations.

I know at my company for a fee I can get a licensce for different microsoft products for personal use as long as I employed by the company that has set up the program with Microsoft…this is for a fee. Another program they have is for work use at home of a program that is licensced on my primary work computer…this is free but for work use only at home. These come with a registration of the product through Microsoft.

Under the Mercy,

Matthew

[quote=labbo606]i have a person who is working on my computers at work and he said he would put a power point on my laptop in order to do a presentation at church for a small charge. is that morally ok, since microsoft office is expensive to install.
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No, it’s stealing!

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