Is this Microsoft

  brindly 10:48 AM 25 Sep 11

I have received emails recently for "All New Microsoft Office 2012" "Alternative Office Suite" "DOWNLOAD NOW" It then goes on to say " The Long Awaited update is here" is this genuine Microsoft Office update or maybe a way of infecting my computer? It doesn't say anything about cost at this stage but I don't want to even open it. The company put their sddress at the bottom : Taj Media Group

4920 Crestview Terrace Somerset, TX 78069

  birdface 11:02 AM 25 Sep 11
  brindly 11:14 AM 26 Sep 11

Yep, thats the one, why would you need an alternative to Microsoft Word unless you didn't have Microsoft Office in the first place? Still, good luck to them if it is genuine but I think I will stick with Microsoft Office.

  iscanut2 16:42 PM 26 Sep 11

How did they get your e-mail address ?

  interzone55 09:52 AM 27 Sep 11

Many people can't afford Microsoft Office, which is why free products like Libre Office (neé Open Office) thrive.

In this case though the company are very naughty pushing their product as Microsoft Office 2012.

Current MS Office is 2010, and a new one won't be due until 2013.

Microsoft's address is Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA

  Covergirl 13:05 PM 27 Sep 11

Butemans link points to a page advertising "Kingsoft Office Suite 2012, a free Microsoft Office alternative for Windows" rather than "pushing it as MS Office 2012".

Whether Brindlys wording is verbatim might need to be verified.

  interzone55 14:41 PM 27 Sep 11


Clearly Brindley's post suggests that he understood this to be a Microsoft product, and the branding Kingsoft Office Suite 2012 is close enough for many a trademark lawyer to fire off a cease & desist letter

  Forum Editor 18:31 PM 27 Sep 11

"...the branding Kingsoft Office Suite 2012 is close enough for many a trademark lawyer to fire off a cease & desist letter"

I doubt it.

In my opinion the words 'Kingsoft Office Suite 2012' aren't sufficiently similar to 'Microsoft Office 2010' (the latest version of MS Office) to make an allegation of passing off a viable proposition. The product web site clearly states that this is "a free Microsoft Office alternative for Windows", and there's no suggestion that anyone is trying to sell the software.

However, if advertising or promotional emails do carry the words "All New Microsoft Office 2012" there could well be a passing off issue, and my advice to the company behind this would be to stop using that form of words immediately.


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