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If you would like to use MS Office components for MS Word / MS Excel / MS PowerPoint etc., please consider the following facts:


Installing / registering the respective DLL from MS Office is considered to be an MS Office installation, and hence requires all named users on the server to have a valid MS Office license.

 

Also, it has additional licensing restrictions, specifically that of requiring ALL clients accessing the MS Excel sheets / MS Word documents / MS PowerPoint presentations etc. dynamically generated / manipulated on the server ALSO require valid MS Office license, which may be very difficult to implement.

 

Since the client licensing aspect is not within our control, we do not honor requests to install MS Office or its components or DLLs on our servers.

 

Please refer to the following Microsoft Knowledgebase article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q257757

 

The above article clearly states:

 

1. "Microsoft does not currently recommend, and does not support, Automation of Microsoft Office applications from any unattended, non-interactive client application or component (including ASP, ASP.NET, DCOM, and NT Services), because Office may exhibit unstable behavior and/or deadlock when Office is run in this environment."

 

2. "Server-side security: Office applications were never intended for server-side use. Therefore, Office applications do not take into consideration the security problems that distributed components face. Office does not authenticate incoming requests."

 

3. "Current licensing guidelines prevent Office applications from being used on a server to service client requests, unless those clients themselves have licensed copies of Office."

 

Hence, we recommend to use the other methods as described in the article, which show how to generate / manipulate MS Office Documents / spreadsheets / presentation etc. without having MS Office or its components on the server.


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