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MS Office License for VB.NET

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Fla
Good morning.
I'm developing a software in VB.NET using MDAC (through
System.Data.OleDB) to read and write MSExcel And MSAccess files in a
target machine without MSOffice.
Is there any rojalty on .MDB and .XLS formats?
Can I manage XLS and MDB file without MSOffice license?
Thanks in Advance for your replies

Dec 27 '06 #1
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"Fla" <fl********@tiscali.itwrote in news:1167242594.030911.81220
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Is there any rojalty on .MDB and .XLS formats?
I don't believe since you can read/write MDB files without MS Office.
Can I manage XLS and MDB file without MSOffice license?
You only need a MS Office license if you use MS Office components to edit
the MDB/XLS files. But since you're going through Microsoft's drivers - you
don't need Office :)
Dec 27 '06 #2

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I do believe that there are certain clauses in the User Agreement for
Visual Studio that explicitly forbid you from using their tools to
build a program that competes with one of their existing products.

for example; I dont think that you could legally use Visual Studio to
build a CLONE of Excel

don't take my word for it-- I'm not a lawyer; and even if I was I still
wouldn't give a shit about M$ licensing.

when they drop the price for MSDN to something reasonable; when they
make Windows priced reasonable.

when they make office priced reasonable is when I start reading the
EULA

-Aaron

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"Fla" <fl********@tiscali.itwrote in news:1167242594.030911.81220
@n51g2000cwc.googlegroups.com:
Is there any rojalty on .MDB and .XLS formats?

I don't believe since you can read/write MDB files without MS Office.
Can I manage XLS and MDB file without MSOffice license?

You only need a MS Office license if you use MS Office components to edit
the MDB/XLS files. But since you're going through Microsoft's drivers - you
don't need Office :)
Dec 29 '06 #3

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