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Microsoft is about to shake up Office, its most sacred cash cow.

Starting on Tuesday, Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) will be offering Office as a subscription service for consumers. For $100 a year, "Office 365 Home Premium" customers can put Office on up to five computers (including Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) Macintoshes and Windows 8 tablets) and store up to 27 gigabytes of data on Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service. The subscription includes frequent software updates and allows users to automatically load their customized Microsoft Office settings on each different device.





Office 365 users will also be able to get "Office on Demand," a feature that allows them to temporarily access the latest version of Office on any computer through a Web browser -- whether or not that device has the program installed. One caveat: Once you stop paying, you lose the software.
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Microsoft will still sell Office the traditional way too, but for the first time since 2001, the price tag is going up. Office 2013, which hits store shelves on Tuesday, is priced at $140 for the basic version, a $20 increase over Microsoft Office 2010. The new software costs $220 if you want Outlook and $400 if you want Access and Publisher.

Unlike Office 365, the Office 2013 software won't receive regular updates.


I guess i'll stick to my 2007 one
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I guess i'll stick to my 2007 one

or Get the student version of Office 365 which is $79.99 for 4 years(for 2 computers) biggrin.gif

The entire lineup(Yes, Outlook is $80 rolleyes.gif )


Edited by sherlock - 1/29/13 at 10:26am
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Or use OpenOffice...
Could never understand why, outside of business, anybody would pay for that overpriced software.
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Or use OpenOffice...
Could never understand why, outside of business, anybody would pay for that overpriced software.
Lol.
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Or just buy 2013 and not 365 which is from the beginning a hosted/cloud solution.
 
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Personally, the Office 365 is a great idea. For $99 a year having full access to the suite for 5 computers means that you're paying roughly $20 a year per computer. That's much, much better than paying the now $220 for the standard Home & Sm. Business version that's only limited to 1 or 2 computers.

Students get a much better deal where it's $79.99 for 4 full years. I vowed never to endorse Microsoft Office due to the price, but with it finally bellow $100, I can somewhat go by it, but still prefer freeware suites as a first option.
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Or use OpenOffice...
Could never understand why, outside of business, anybody would pay for that overpriced software.

I find LibreOffice to be better IMO after using both OpenOffice and LibreOffice
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Pass. Both at the home and at the office.

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I find LibreOffice to be better IMO after using both OpenOffice and LibreOffice

Same, but for work, we use a CRM package (Goldmine) that is really useful if it has a link to Word. They also have a link to OpenOffice, which is nice, but sadly, they don't have the link for LibreOffice.

If the wrote a link to LibreOffice, I'd switch everyone over to that.
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80 friggin' dollars extra for Outlook? eek.gif
    
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I got Office 2013 for $10. Yay Home Use Program. thumb.gif

At the regular price though I doubt I would have upgraded from 2010 (or maybe even 2007).
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