When most people think of using the computer, a large number of folks probably think first of Microsoft Office: most likely the most profitable and almost ubiquitous productivity software suite in the world to date. The innovative folks at Creative Commons have paired up with Microsoft to release a new Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office. This add-in permits users to directly integrate a selected Creative Commons license in their MS Word, PowerPoint or Excel file. The Macintosh OS is not yet supported, but all the following Windows-based OSes are supported:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 98
  • Windows ME
  • Windows NT
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows XP

Hopefully versions of this add-in for OpenOffice and Microsoft Office for Macintosh will be released as well soon. For more on Creative Commons as it applies to K-20 contexts, refer to my TechEdge article from this Spring, “Creative Commons in K-12 Education”, and the Creative Commons website on creativecommons.org.


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