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Re: [ontolog-forum] Free viewer for PowerPoint 2007

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From: Ed Barkmeyer <edbark@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 11:55:57 -0400
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John F. Sowa wrote:
> I just tested the MSFT link for downloading the viewer for PPT 2007,
> but the MS web site wouldn't send it to me.  I never had that problem
> with earlier versions of their viewers, but they seem to be making
> things tough on people who use Firefox for downloads.    (01)

Always has been.  Only go to the MS site with IE.
And of late, they are exhibiting the "customer is the enemy" syndrome. 
The site doesn't want to do downloads until it has verified that all 
your would-be MS software is licensed, not pirated.  (But one can hardly 
blame them for that; piracy is a big business in the world's newest 
large software market.)    (02)

It does no good to rail against software monopolies.  Industry and 
government encourage that, in their quest for de facto standards and 
their tolerance for irresponsibility.  We willing sign contracts for 
software products in which we formally agree not to hold the contractor 
responsible for failures and shoddy workmanship.    (03)

-Ed    (04)

P.S. And then there is the tale of WindowsCE, but as Scheherezade said, 
that is a story for another night.    (05)

Edward J. Barkmeyer                        Email: edbark@xxxxxxxx
National Institute of Standards & Technology
Manufacturing Systems Integration Division
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8263                Tel: +1 301-975-3528
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8263                FAX: +1 301-975-4694    (06)

"The opinions expressed above do not reflect consensus of NIST,
  and have not been reviewed by any Government authority."    (07)

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