Is it possible to send an application such as Microsoft Excel 2003 to a
friend by email? I have purchased a copy of this application and want to send a
copy to my sister who lives in another country, and email would be really quick
and convenient. I tried using a program which allows you to send 1GB files in
one email, but could only locate a shortcut for, “Excel”. I know though that
the program is on my computer because I can access it using the short-cut,
though looking at, “Add or Remove Programs”, it’s not listed.
Unfortunately there are several reasons why you cannot, and should not, do
what you’re attempting to do.
The good news is that I do have a work-around for you, at least for
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There are several reasons why what you’re describing won’t work.
It’s illegal. What you’re suggesting is actually software
piracy; your sister would be getting a copy of Excel that she didn’t pay for,
simple as that.
Email isn’t meant for huge files. Even with services that
claim to be able to send large files via email, it’s neither quick, or
convenient. For something this large I’d personally be tempted to set up a VPN
between your two machines using something like Hamachi and then just copying the file. Depending on your internet
speed it’ll take a looooong time – but then the same would be true for
email. Other alternatives including uploading to some kind of web-based storage
where she could download from, or perhaps some kind of peer-to-peer file
sharing technologies .. coincidentally frequently used by software pirates as
isn’t single file.”
Excel isn’t a single file. Applications like Excel are
actually complex collections of files that are stored in various places on your
computer. That’s why when you purchased Excel you had to run a setup program.
That program took care of putting everything where it belongs, and setting up
all the appropriate registry settings. If you were to illegally share it with
someone else, you would have to send everything on your installation CD.
Now, not all applications are as complex as Excel, or as large, and there
are many that can be legally shared. But in general what you’re looking for
just isn’t that simple.
So let’s look at what you’re really trying to do: make it possible for you
and your sister to exchange, view and perhaps edit Excel spreadsheets. For
this, we do have a couple of solutions.
Open Office includes an
Excel-compatible equivalent. Most Open Office applications tend to be a little
rough around the edges if you use esoteric features in their Microsoft Office
equivalents, but for 90% of what you might want to do, it’ll work just fine.
Best of all, it’s free and your sister can simply download it and install it
Google Docs includes an on-line
spreadsheet tool. You don’t have to download or install anything, you simply do
your spreadsheet work on the web site. It’s compatible with Excel, to a point,
but best of all sharing with other users, like your sister, is easy.
There are other alternatives as well, both downloadable applications as well
But the bottom line is that sending someone an application via email is
typically the wrong approach to take. If you look at the problem you’re really
trying to solve there are often other, easier and legal alternatives.