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post #1 of 25 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 11:15 am Thread Starter
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Exclamation Free MS Vista (Business) and Office 2007 Professional

Here: http://www.powertogether.com/

And here and here for discussions from "official" MS employees.


Full disclosure: The site is hosted in the UK by a MS partner (info below). If you want to receive both Vista and Office you'll need your SSN and fill out a W-9, due to the price of the combined "gifts" (taxes will be due!). All indications point that this is a valid site, however I personally will log-in with two names - one for Vista and one for Office 2007 - so as to NOT give out that info. Use at your own risk!


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Domain Name.......... powertogether.com
Creation Date........ 2006-10-03
Registration Date.... 2006-10-03
Expiry Date.......... 2007-10-03
Organisation Name.... Philip Colebrook
Organisation Address. Flat 13, Inner City House
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. London
Organisation Address. SE14 6QP
Organisation Address. -
Organisation Address. GREAT BRITAIN (UK)

Admin Name........... Philip Colebrook
Admin Address........ Flat 13, Inner City House
Admin Address........
Admin Address........ London
Admin Address........ SE14 6QP
Admin Address........ -
Admin Address........ GREAT BRITAIN (UK)
Admin Email.......... [email protected]
Admin Phone.......... 44.2086915308
Admin Fax............

Tech Name............ CBS Registry
Tech Address......... Box 3396
Tech Address.........
Tech Address......... Stockholm
Tech Address......... SE 103 68
Tech Address......... -
Tech Address......... SWEDEN
Tech Email........... [email protected]
Tech Phone........... 46.855340200
Tech Fax............. 46.855340201
Name Server.......... ns1.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns5.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns2.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns3.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns4.msft.net

Registry Status: ACTIVE


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post #2 of 25 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 1:06 pm
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*I* would still approach that with GREAT caution. *ANYBODY* who want my SSN is suspect.

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There is NO WAY I am giving anyone I don't know that king fo information for free (and probably pirated) sofwtare. That's a case of Identity Theft just waiting to happen.

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There is NO WAY I am giving anyone I don't know that king fo information for free (and probably pirated) sofwtare. That's a case of Identity Theft just waiting to happen.
I agree - but all indications by the major sites do indicate that this is real - even so, I still wouldn't give my SSN to any company (even if it was Microsoft - who would use it only to help me... )

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post #5 of 25 Old Nov 30th, 2006, 2:39 pm
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Phising scam !!!!

I have ben told this is a Phising scam there is no way any Microsoft Partner needs you SSN !!!!!
BEWARE !!!

Oh and this thread should be posted uder the humor forum


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Here: http://www.powertogether.com/

And here and here for discussions from "official" MS employees.


Full disclosure: The site is hosted in the UK by a MS partner (info below). If you want to receive both Vista and Office you'll need your SSN and fill out a W-9, due to the price of the combined "gifts" (taxes will be due!). All indications point that this is a valid site, however I personally will log-in with two names - one for Vista and one for Office 2007 - so as to NOT give out that info. Use at your own risk!


Site info:

Domain Name.......... powertogether.com
Creation Date........ 2006-10-03
Registration Date.... 2006-10-03
Expiry Date.......... 2007-10-03
Organisation Name.... Philip Colebrook
Organisation Address. Flat 13, Inner City House
Organisation Address.
Organisation Address. London
Organisation Address. SE14 6QP
Organisation Address. -
Organisation Address. GREAT BRITAIN (UK)

Admin Name........... Philip Colebrook
Admin Address........ Flat 13, Inner City House
Admin Address........
Admin Address........ London
Admin Address........ SE14 6QP
Admin Address........ -
Admin Address........ GREAT BRITAIN (UK)
Admin Email.......... [email protected]
Admin Phone.......... 44.2086915308
Admin Fax............

Tech Name............ CBS Registry
Tech Address......... Box 3396
Tech Address.........
Tech Address......... Stockholm
Tech Address......... SE 103 68
Tech Address......... -
Tech Address......... SWEDEN
Tech Email........... [email protected]
Tech Phone........... 46.855340200
Tech Fax............. 46.855340201
Name Server.......... ns1.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns5.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns2.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns3.msft.net
Name Server.......... ns4.msft.net

Registry Status: ACTIVE


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Any offer that requires a SSN, along with ANY other personal information is just about an iron clad guarantee to be a phishing scam, this one is pretty elaborate, with blogs posted to make it look legitimate.

I would not touch that one with someone else's 10 foot pole!

edited: Also, if the offer is only for the US, why is the admin in London, and the registry location is Sweden?

Yep, a very elaborate scam.

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Someone in London would not need a us SSN for tax purposes.
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I think this whole thread should be deleted for the safety of our members.

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I think this whole thread should be deleted for the safety of our members.
If it's a "scam" then it reaches into the Microsoft pretty deep: it's being advertised by Channel 9 employees, MSDN and links to Windows Live. The certificate belongs to MS, the registrar is MS, and most major sites have hacked it's legitimacy to death (Neowin, Digg, Google).

I leave it to the moderators to delete this thread if they deem necessary - I won't cry (much) .

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If it's a "scam" then it reaches into the Microsoft pretty deep
So deep, it's not even mentioned on their own site. It's a fucking scam.

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Tis not a scam. If you want I can provide some links that will substaniate my claim
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Tis not a scam. If you want I can provide some links that will substaniate my claim
...although some of us already knew that... kind of a dead point as both items are "sold out."

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...although some of us already knew that... kind of a dead point as both items are "sold out."
I was surprised that this was real, but no matter, I removed MS Office from my home machine anyway, and hate it at work. I went back to WordPerfect suite which has always been leaps and bounds better than the MS product. I will not touch Vista probably for at least a year after it is mainstream, if then.

Heck, if I stop using CAD, then I may even switch to MAC next upgrade time. Since I upgraded my computer in the last year, it may be another 5 years before I do that again. Right now though, I use CAD too much to consider MAC. Neither of the systems I use will run on one.

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I use openoffice instead of MS-Office, but I'll have to start playing with Vista as soon as I get some spare time. I'll first try to run it in a virtual machine under VMWare and not screw up my production environment.
Vista just may be a great excuse for a new machine anyway...
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OpenOffice here - I've one MS boxen for games but everything else (6 at the house, 5 at the office) all run Linux. One MS box runs OpenOffice and Office 2k. I don't think O2K's been fired up in a year or so now.

Gonna haffta play with Vista to support it :sigh: But, I've no plan to use it myself. Been suggesting to our clients to put off the upgrade unless there's some compelling reason. Ain't seen a compelling reason yet.

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Gonna haffta play with Vista to support it :sigh: But, I've no plan to use it myself. Been suggesting to our clients to put off the upgrade unless there's some compelling reason. Ain't seen a compelling reason yet.
some here, have to support it. But as far as compelling reasons: There is none.

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Been suggesting to our clients to put off the upgrade unless there's some compelling reason. Ain't seen a compelling reason yet.
Zotter, unfortunately new PCs are sold with a coupon for a free upgrade to Vista, and pretty soon PCs will ship with Vista installed. So Microsoft makes it a "compelling" reason to upgrade... Citrix will shortly put out a new client to resolve some issues with Vista... It just never ends. An upgrade prompts for many more.

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some here, have to support it. But as far as compelling reasons: There is none.
Zotter & Andy...

no compelling reasons? come on...

business users? what about bitlocker drive support? what about MUI? what about SUI?

yeah, i work there. you would not believe how many of our largest corporate customers are planning to go to vista enterprise. huge numbers.

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Zotter, unfortunately new PCs are sold with a coupon for a free upgrade to Vista, and pretty soon PCs will ship with Vista installed. So Microsoft makes it a "compelling" reason to upgrade... Citrix will shortly put out a new client to resolve some issues with Vista... It just never ends. An upgrade prompts for many more.

Hopefully they (HP, Dell, Gateway, etc.) will do what they did for "businesses" when XP was introduced - offer Windows 2000 Pro for a while before phasing it out. We were still able to order a new PC with 2KPRO up until around when XP SP2 was introduced.

I'm hoping we can still get a new PC with XP up until Vista SP2 is released.

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Re: Free MS Vista (Business) and Office 2007 Professional

I agree with a couple of the others - OpenOffice works for me. It works perfectly fine with any/all of the formats used in the Office Pro suite of tools, as well as offering a data base tool.

I use it exclusively on my personal PC, and plan to stick with it unless I have to use MS tools for my work.

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Re: Free MS Vista (Business) and Office 2007 Professional

John you had too look deep in the dusty file cabinets to find this nearly two year old thread .

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John you had too look deep in the dusty file cabinets to find this nearly two year old thread .
No kidding. I started reading this thread thinking it was current. It wasn't until I got to the end I looked at the post dates.

Things have changed in 2 years. Today, I'd recommend OpenOffice. It works on Linux, OS X (neoffice, with native support soon) and Winblows, and does a good job of reading and writing in Word format, although I suspect microsoft will break that soon by changing their format.

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AND there are still 0, zilch, nada compelling reasons to upgrade.

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