Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 15, 2002 01:39 AM
People will buy these boxed for two reasons:
1: They're on a budget and not so savvy. They saved ~$100 by forgoing Microsoft Windows. How likely are they to shell out ~$300 for office when that's more than 1/2 of what they paid for the whole system? They'll try the free office, and they'll probably be quite happy with it. The price (free) will go a long way towards that end.
2: They intended to reformat and install pirated copies of 'doze, office, outlook, etc.
I like a good conspiracy theory, but there just isn't one here.