Is it possible under any Microsoft EULA to sell license keys for Microsoft Office 2007 professional? RRS feed

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  • I am in the position of verifying the legitimacy of a seller offering to sell several license keys for Microsoft Office 2007 professional.  He asserts that these were a "mistaken order" & that once the Product Key is purchased, you can download the Office installation software from Microsoft.  The implication is that these are Retail, not OEM.  There was no mention of a COA. 



    Friday, March 19, 2010 3:05 PM


  • Hello Dave Sparks,

    Me, I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.

    That kind of carp goes on on eBay and other internet commerce sites all the time.  There's an off-chance that they could actually be good product keys, but Microsoft is the only legal seller (thru it's agent Digital River) that can sell you a downloaded version of Genuine Office.

    Even if the key is good (because someone skimmed it off the internet from a post, or copied it from a friend's retail package, or bought a list of keys from the shady side of the internet where the sell the info gathered by botnets, or because these keys are from another specialized distribution channel such as the MS Developer Network), there's no telling how long it is going to remain good.  If you buy one of these keys and it goes bad, when you contact Microsoft for a replacement you will not be able to show them a valid proof of purchase so they will deny your request.

    If you buy Office this way, from an unauthorized reseller, you will miss out on the free upgrade to Office 2010 when it comes out:  http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/tech-guarantee/microsoft-office-2010-technology-guarantee-faq-HA101812304.aspx?redir=0  See the 18th question.


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    Friday, March 19, 2010 3:28 PM