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Don’t have Microsoft Office and don’t want OpenOffice; so how about Ashampoo Office? Get Ashampoo Office 2008 for free!

I just posted about how you can purchase any Ashampoo software for $10; now I am posting about how to get yet another Ashampoo title for free; life is grand.

I have a riddle for you guys and gals. What can do word processing, create presentations, process spreadsheets, is 50 MB in size, can be installed onto a USB/flash drive, and is available for free? I will give you three guesses; anyone, anyone? Here is a hint: it starts with A and ends with 8. Ooohh, I think I heard it. Yes the answer is Ashampoo Office 2008!

Ashampoo Office 2008 is a productivity suite by Ashampoo which has three major components:

Now the clever user may notice Ashampoo Office is missing components which Microsoft Office and OpenOffice have, such as a database or desktop publishing software (although there are built in database and drawing related features to Ashampoo Office which compensate to an extent). However the advantage of Ashampoo Office is how light it is on your computer (takes up a grand total of 50 MB of your hard drive space after being installed and uses about 1/4 the RAM of Microsoft Office) and the native support to run it from a USB/flash drive (to run Ashampoo Office 2008 from a USB/flash drive, run “usbstick.exe” found in the folder you installed Ashampoo Office into [by default it will be C:\Program Files\Ashampoo\Ashampoo Office 2008]). Best of all, importing and exporting Microsoft Office and OpenOffice format files is a breeze. However do take note Ashampoo Office does not support the new Microsoft Office 2007 generation .x formats (like .docx, .pptx, .xlsx, etc.)

Here is a short informational video on Ashampoo Office 2008:

While Ashampoo Office 2008 will not be replacing Microsoft Office or OpenOffice any time soon, it is definitely a worthy alternative to look into if you are lacking in the productivity suite genre.

To get Ashampoo Office 2008 for free, follow these simple steps:

2009-10-02_205905 [4]

2009-10-02_205946 [5]

I don’t know if SoftMaker spams like Ashampoo so feel free to use the anti-spam services of Mailinator [6], 10MinuteMail [6], or Trashmail [7].

2009-10-02_214958 [8]

Copy the serial number and remember the name and e-mail.

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Type in the name and e-mail you registered with and paste in the serial number.

If you have any problems, post below I will try to help.

Thanks djhightek [10]!