MS Office 2007 to be on “test drive”; OpenOffice calls the bluff

The following is an email forwarded in a mailing list. It’s about a Press Release from Read on.

—————————- Original Message —————————-
Subject: [ooo-announce] PR: challenges Microsoft’s Office
“Test Drive” From: “John McCreesh”>
Date: Tue, June 27, 2006 6:01

Press Release – for immediate release

Microsoft today announced the opening of a “test drive” so that people can see what Microsoft Office 2007 might look like when it finally goes on sale.

The Community invites potential upgraders to go one better – download the full 2 office suite today for a test drive, and if you like it, use it free for as long as you like. It’s the ultimate no-strings-attached test drive – if you enjoy the test drive, keep the car!

As office software becomes a commodity product, Microsoft has been forced to make significant changes to the ‘look and feel’ of MS-Office 2007. Because of this, analysts now agree that migrating to Microsoft Office 2007 will be a major upheaval with a significant cost impact.

Unlike changing to Microsoft Office 2007, changing to 2 does not require learning how to use office software all over again. Indeed, reports have shown migration to 2 is 90% cheaper than migrating to Microsoft Office 2007.

For more information and references to the reports, please see



The Community is an international team of volunteer and sponsored contributors who develop, support, and promote the leading open-source office productivity suite,®. supports the Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as legacy industry file formats and is available on major computing platforms in over 70 languages. is provided under the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose, private or commercial.

The Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and primary contributor.


The Community can be found at The office productivity suite may be downloaded free of charge from

Further information about the suite may be found at

Press Contacts

John McCreesh (UTC +01h00) Marketing Project Lead
+44 (0)7 810 278 540

Cristian Driga (UTC +0200) Marketing Project Co-Lead
+40 7887 000 60

Louis Suarez-Potts (UTC -04h00) Community Manager
+1 (416) 625 3843

Worldwide Marketing Contacts

So, potential consumers of Microsot Office 2007. You’ve got three options:

  1. Buy or Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007 at a still whopping price.
  2. Borrow or buy a pirated installer from a nearby store.
  3. Get by borrowing an installer from a friend or by downloading one from the net.

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