Feeds

Spam investigated by MS pirate catchers

Cut price Office 97 too good to be true

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Microsoft plans to investigate a Web site selling MS Office 97 Pro for $89.95. The software giant was notified yesterday by The Register that email users were being spammed with details of this discounted jewel cased software. The offer, with an angelfire.com URL, was described as a "close out sale." "They will go fast!!" screamed the email. "Order today!!" MS Office 97 Pro was the sole product available for sale on this site. Customers were asked to send credit card details. When The Register contacted the company – Online Software - we were told that it was a clearing house for software and that everything was legal and above board. "I buy from wholesalers across the country. They buy from clearances – from companies that have gone bankrupt," said Kerry Miller, founder and MD of Online Software. The company also ships outside the US, including the UK. Miller said he assumed Microsoft was aware of his business, stressing that he bought goods from Microsoft authorised wholesalers. Jewel case is the clear plastic case that software comes in – without manuals. Miller said he also stocked the retail version – which included the manual. His company shipped this at $199.95. The standard retail price for this product in the UK is £404.43 ($618.80) plus VAT, according to Microsoft. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'
Plus: 'EE, how shocking, ANOTHER problem I face with your service'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.