It's quite likely that it's either a forgery or it's an OEM package that is
not supposed to be legally sold without a computer. Remember the old
credo - "If it's too good to be true, it probably is." :-)
You'd be very suspicious if someone offered you a new $15,000 car for
$1,500 - wouldn't you? The "going" price for MS Office Professional Edition
from reputable retailers is anywhere from $299 to $399 so a package priced
at 10% of that should be equally suspicious.
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> How do you know then with some of these online auction type things whether
> you're going to get a legal copy or not? See what I'm talking about at
> <http://www.a-world.com/product.asp?id=115532> Is this an illegal copy?
> like a bargain as much as anyone but don't want any pirated software.
> > JK,
> > Usually (~90+% of the time) the ones sold in "just the jewel case" are
> > Counterfeits and aren't qualified for anything.
> > There are different rules for upgrades of OEM (which come with NEW
> > only) Office 97 (shrink wrapped with CD, manual, Certificate of
> > Authenticity, and numerous anti-piracy features to help distinguish it
> > the Counterfeits). The OEM version must come with a special upgrade
> > certificate (MS charges MS Authorized OEM Dealers more for the version
> > the upgrade certificate).
> > --
> > Regards,
> > Len Segal, MCP
> > Segal Computer Consulting
> > Microsoft - MVP (DTS), ClubWin
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> > > What is the difference in MS Office '97 Pro in the jewel case and a
> > > retail version of Office Pro? I was told the later qualified for a
> > > free Office 2000 upgrade but I don't understand the difference as I
> > > have to purchase either one. Aren't they one in the same thing?
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