January 12th, 2010, 16:59 PM
Microsoft Yanks Office From Web Store
Microsoft appears to have pulled packaged versions of its Office 2007 productivity suite from its online store, one day after the passage of a court-imposed deadline under which the software maker was required to strip certain components from the product.
Visitors to Microsoft's online store as of early Tuesday were greeted with a front-page promo for Office Home and Student 2007, but were informed via a grammatically challenged message that boxed versions of the software are not for sale.
"This product currently available as a download only. Package product is temporarily not available," the message said. Packaged versions of Office Professional 2007 and Office Ultimate 2007 were also listed as out of stock.
It's likely that Microsoft was unable to restock its supplies with revised versions of the software in time to meet the deadline.
It's not clear whether the situation would affect the company's bottom line, as other online retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples, were continuing to offer boxed versions of Office 2007 for sale online as of Tuesday.
Full story: InformationWeek