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But games are software, and the point is completely valid with your logic. What's the real difference between BF2 and BF3 and COD and all those other FPS shooters? What it all really boils down to is you're running around shooting with a gun. Same thing with office, what it really boils down to is you're creating documents, spreadsheets, etc. Yet people pay for the newer games just like they pay for newer office versions, because to them they see that it's worth it.

And what is it that you want with a newer version of Office? Make the code lighter? Make it run faster somehow? Make the UI aesthetically pleasing to you? Or is it that you just don't want to pay any cost, period? Microsoft can't know what everyone wants, and even if they did, they can't please everyone.

And with 365, they are offering something new and different in that it's a cloud based solution that you can access from a browser.

Okay, fine, some programmers intentionally leave back doors for access purposes. However, how many times are exploits unintentional? I guarantee that most of the exploits found are unintentionally made.

Office = Productive software
Games = Unproductive

No matter how much you improve the GUI and coding of office, the effect on productivity will be miniscule at best, detrimental at worst but most likely make no difference at all.
I'm going to go out on a limb and state with all certainty that the largest purchasers of Office wants increased stability, greater compatability, increased integration and a lower price tag.

Games on the other hand becomes mor enjoyable when the graphics are pleasing, still unproductiv though
 
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Or use OpenOffice...
Could never understand why, outside of business, anybody would pay for that overpriced software.

or use Libre office smile.gif

I have tried to get into using the free office alternatives but they don't live up to the standard of what office provides.
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Office = Productive software
Games = Unproductive

No matter how much you improve the GUI and coding of office, the effect on productivity will be miniscule at best, detrimental at worst but most likely make no difference at all.
I'm going to go out on a limb and state with all certainty that the largest purchasers of Office wants increased stability, greater compatability, increased integration and a lower price tag.

Games on the other hand becomes mor enjoyable when the graphics are pleasing, still unproductiv though

But you can push out updates for the game to enhance visual effects instead of selling a brand new game.

His original argument was why the planned obsolescence and making you pay for the new version, instead of continuously updating? I countered with why don't games update for better visual effects, instead of making a brand new game and charging you for it?
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I have tried to get into using the free office alternatives but they don't live up to the standard of what office provides.

Forgive me for reviving a slightly dead thread...but the problem is actually MS doesn't live up to it's own standards which the others follow. So when I get a nice DOCX file there's a good chance something is going wrong not because the Libreoffice guys messed up...because MS doesn't follow it's own standards. But yeah, when you're "the standard" it's easy for people to think you're actually following your own standards.
     
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Forgive me for reviving a slightly dead thread...but the problem is actually MS doesn't live up to it's own standards which the others follow. So when I get a nice DOCX file there's a good chance something is going wrong not because the Libreoffice guys messed up...because MS doesn't follow it's own standards. But yeah, when you're "the standard" it's easy for people to think you're actually following your own standards.

Unfortunately for the little guy, the main reason why Microsoft gets picked over any other alternative on the market today is their capacity to support issues that their software encounter on a real time basis. I think people have vilified Oracle too quickly with the OpenOffice deal, yes it got taken over by a big company, but Oracle could have nurtured the software into a competitor for the Office Suite.
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Ok other than using Openoffice which is free and does the job, why not just get the home & student edition?

One off payment you just don't get updates and you don't need to deal with the cloud crap.
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Why not buy the full version instead of the yearly?
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The title is a bit sensationalist if you ask me. It's not like they are forcing you to buy the 365 version.

That version will benefit some, and the regular version will work for others.

No, stop it, you're wrong. Microsoft is run by mean people who want to rip you off, shame on them for running a business and offering reasonable pricing on top of the line software.
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Why not buy the full version instead of the yearly?

Because yearly gives you the ability to install on 5 computers (so it's really $20 per computer per year), has cloud capabilities (save files online), can be accessed from any internet browser, and it is a full version.

The sensationalist title makes it sound like it's $100 per year per computer, but it's not. It's just that you have to subscribe in sets of 5, unless you're a student, in which case you can get it for $80 for 4 years, which is basically the same price except you only have to buy one subscription at a time.
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Why not buy the full version instead of the yearly?

This gives you all updates as they come, including new versions.

$130 every two years for a 1 PC license.

or

$99/year for a 5 devices (PC, Mac OS, Windows 8 RT/Phone) license with 20 GBs of cloud storage.

This really isn't as bad of a deal as people are making it out to be, and really, I'm starting to see a trend coming a live in this thread. That trend being, that the majority of people bashing the software suite seem to be raging Linux users obsessed with bashing anything and everything that isn't free.
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