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I never thought I’d write this, but our "Freeware of the Moment" is Windows Vista Business and Office Professional 2007. Really! You’ll have to sit through three Microsoft webcasts or virtual labs on the products, but that’s a small price to pay considering you’ll actually learn […]

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I never thought I’d write this, but our "Freeware of the Moment" is Windows Vista Business and Office Professional 2007. Really! You’ll have to sit through three Microsoft webcasts or virtual labs on the products, but that’s a small price to pay considering you’ll actually learn about the software features. There are some relatively minor restrictions, however this is an offer you just can’t refuse. These packages can cost you upwards of $300 or more out-of-pocket, so I’d consider this time well spent.

If you’re interested, hit up Microsoft’s "The Power of Together" site and sit your bottom down through those webcasts! Plan your "class time" wisely because the offer expires on February 28th, 2006 2007.

  1. Hmmm, reading the fine print we find that one of the requirements is that you might have to submit a W9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number — i.e., you’ve got to give them your Name and Social Security Number.

    Is that “normal” for these kinds of things?

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  2. Scott_H, I believe that’s only if you take advantage of both DVDs (but double-check the offer details to be sure). Considering the value of the package, I’m actually not surprised to the tax implications.

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  3. Somebody on Gattabemobile.com said this a guy in England owns the site. I don’t know if that means anything or not.

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  4. Hey Kevin,

    Are you sure its “February 28th, 2006?” or is it 2007 or maybe even November.

    Keep it mobile, Code E

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  5. Hmmm. Isn’t February 28, 2006 already past?

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  6. Hey what can we tell you Steve. You snooze and you lose! Just kidding….the deal is still good and I’ve updated the expiration date. Thanks for the catch!

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  7. Kevin, I’m not surprised there are tax implications, either. There always are when you get something of value for “free.” Usually, though, it is the “winner’s” responsibility to take care of any taxes.

    I’ve never been asked by a web site to submit a W9. That’s something I might expect my employer and financial institutions where I have accounts to ask for, but not some web site giving away “free” software.

    Legit or not, that just seems strange to me.

    Caveat emptor, I guess.

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