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Article ID: 243006

Article Last Modified on 2/21/2007



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Office 2000 Server Extensions
  • Microsoft Office Spreadsheet Component 9.0
  • Microsoft Office PivotTable Component 9.0
  • Microsoft Office Chart Component 9.0



This article was previously published under Q243006

SUMMARY

This article summarizes the licensing terms for the Microsoft Office Web Components (OWCs) and the Office Server Extensions. It also answers commonly asked questions.

MORE INFORMATION

Office Web Components Licensing

There are three key licensing points for the Office Web Components that are included with Office 2000. It is important to note that a valid Office 2000 license is always required to run or access the Office Web Components.

  1. Running the Office Web Components on a client PC or accessing the Office Web Components running on a server requires a valid Office 2000 license. Qualifying licenses include Office 2000 Premium, Office 2000 Professional, Office 2000 Standard, Office 2000 Developer, and Microsoft Access 2000.
  2. Running the OWC on a server requires an Office 2000 license for that server and for each client accessing the OWCs running on that server.
  3. Running the OWCs on a Web server that is accessible to users on the Internet or an extranet is not possible because there is no way to guarantee that every user has a valid license for Office 2000.

Which products are the Office Web Components included with?

The Office Web Components are included with Microsoft Office 2000 Premium, Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Microsoft Office 2000 Standard, Microsoft Office 2000 Developer, and Microsoft Access 2000.

Is an Office license required for clients that use Office Web Components?

Yes. Any client accessing a Web server that hosts or runs the Office Web Components must have a license for one of the following products: Microsoft Office 2000 Premium, Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Microsoft Office 2000 Standard, Microsoft Office 2000 Developer, and Microsoft Access 2000. Any client that has the Office Web Components installed or accesses them from a server must have an Office 2000 license as well.

Can any Web server run the Office Web Components?

No. Only Web servers hosting Web pages viewable on an internal network (that is, an intranet Web server) can run the Office Web Components.

Is an Office 2000 license required for servers running the Office Web Components?

Yes. Web servers running the Office Web Components must have a license for one of the following products: Microsoft Office 2000 Premium, Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Microsoft Office 2000 Standard, Microsoft Office 2000 Developer, or Microsoft Access 2000.

Can any client access a Web server running the Office Web Components?

No. Aside from requiring a valid Office 2000 license, clients accessing a Web server running the Office Web Components must be within the server licensee's organization (that is, an intranet).

Can the Office Web Components be run on a Web server that is accessible to users on the Internet or an extranet?

No. This scenario cannot be enabled because there is no way to guarantee that all users accessing the OWCs on a Web server on the Internet or an extranet have valid Office 2000 licenses. This protects customers from unintentionally violating the terms of their license agreement.

You can publish "interactive" Web pages that reference the OWCs in the HTML. Other users with Office 2000 and the OWCs installed on their PCs who access these pages on a Web server get the fully interactive user experience. However, users who do not have Office 2000 or the OWCs installed get a blank Web page with a notice indicating that they need to have Office 2000 and the OWCs to view the data on the page.

Can you give an example of the usage scenario described in the preceding question?

Microsoft Excel 2000 enables customers to save their worksheets, charts, and PivotTables to a Web server with "Interactivity." When a user selects the "Add Interactivity" option during the File/Save As Web Page dialog box, Excel 2000 automatically includes a reference in the HTML to the Office Web Components.

The HTML generated by Excel 2000 in this example simply references the OWCs in the OBJECT tag. Your Web browser uses this information to run the OWCs. If Office 2000 and the OWCs have not been installed on the PC accessing the Web page, you get a blank page with a short notice indicating that the page needs Microsoft Office 2000 and the OWCs in order to view this information.

When can the Office Web Components be downloaded or installed to a client?

There are two scenarios for installing or downloading the OWCs to your PC:

  1. During the Office 2000 setup program, you can choose to install the OWCs to your PC or run them from a local server.
  2. The OWCs can be downloaded from a Web server running on your intranet. However, this option only works on an intranet because the OWCs can only be downloaded using a FILE protocol. The FILE protocol is not commonly supported on the Internet or extranet scenarios for security reasons. Again, both scenarios require a valid Office 2000 license.

Office Server Extensions Licensing

There are two key licensing points for the Office Server Extensions that are included with Office 2000:

  1. Running the Office Server Extensions on a Web server requires a valid license for Office 2000.
  2. Anyone can access a Web server running the Office Server Extensions, even if they do not have a license for Office 2000. However, if you have Office 2000 installed on your PC, you must have a valid license.

What products are the Office Server Extensions included with?

The Office Server Extensions are delivered as part of Office 2000 Professional, Office 2000 Standard, and Office 2000 Premium.

Is an Office license required for clients that use Office Server Extension features?

No. Any client can access a Web server running the Office Server Extensions without an Office 2000 license. However, if you have Office 2000 installed on your PC, you must have a valid license.

Is an Office 2000 license required for servers running the Office Server Extensions?

Yes. Any server that uses the Office Server Extensions must have a license for Office 2000 Standard, Office 2000 Professional, or Office 2000 Premium.

If I am using the Microsoft Database Engine for discussions with the Office Server Extensions, is a database license required?

No. If you are using the Microsoft Database Engine for discussions with the Office Server Extensions, a Microsoft Database Engine license is not required.

Can the Office Server Extensions be redistributed outside of Office 2000?

No. The Office Server Extensions can be distributed only through Office 2000 Standard, Office 2000 Professional, or Office 2000 Premium.

If I am an Internet Service Provider, can I use the Office Server Extensions on my Web servers?

Yes. An Internet Service Provider can host the documents and the Office Server Extensions on a Web server for customer use. The server must have a license for Office 2000 Standard, Office 2000 Professional, or Office 2000 Premium.

REFERENCES

For more information about using the Office Web Components, browse to the following Microsoft Web site:


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