First off I'm not asking for a free Microsoft office. I'm reporting a bug I had.
So a while back(about a month or 2) I downloaded Microsoft office 2010 trial version from the official Microsoft website. When I downloaded it, it gave me a cd key. So I held on to it thinking it strange but maybe important. My plan with the trial was to use it but never download the verification so that i could always have it. but, at one point I accidentally forgot to uncheck the verification file in the windows update thing when I last updated a bunch of stuff my computer said needed updating. anyways it downloaded and next time I opened word, it asked for a cd key cause my trial time was up. Good thing I saved the key. So I used it and it worked. I was pleasantly surprised. It still says trial at the top of my office programs but hey it works.
What i think happened.
At the time when i was searching the website looking for the trial version, all that It had was the full version. So I clicked "add to cart" thinking i could change it to trial version later. Then I tried downloading and it said to pay money. So I left that and went to trusty google and typed somewhere along the lines of "microsoft office 2010 trial version" and that brought me to the official microsoft page with the trial for download. So then I clicked "add to cart" when i went to the "checkout" I noticed the full version was still there alongside the trial version. This is probably due to the fact that before I just left the page and didn't cancel the checkout before. So at this point I remove the full version from the checkout and proceeded to download the trial version. it gave me the "receipt" that had the key with it.
strange. anyways I'm not going to test it again cause i may have just gotten lucky. anybody else had this happen? anybody gonna try?