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It used to be the sympathy vote that got me to buy software, the one where you felt the Dev's had worked hard and were skilled so you paid your way knowing they would benefit greatly and things could improve as a result.

Now .. Corporate Cartels, forcing low wages and poor business decisions down on pressured Dev's who cant leave the company whilst profits start to lean sideways and CEO's + shareholders pop the cork on their yacht.

No, thanks Im all about opensource + donations or direct payment now. The community will make better software for the average home user..
That last bit is debatable
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Did you read the post in which I say that I haven't used MS Office in years? I stopped using MS Office when I discovered OpenOffice, then switched to LibreOffice when that became available.

Idem.

Been using LibreOffice for as long as I remember being somewhat of a power Office user.
   
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post #13 of 27
Fair enough, it's 11 years old, I can expect that smile.gif

Guess will move to open source though, I don't work enough with Office personally to justify the cost. Only got it originally as it comes cheap in a multi-user package when buying a laptop.
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Maybe I just lead a boring life, but there's nothing I need out of an office suite that Google Docs can't handle.
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Maybe I just lead a boring life, but there's nothing I need out of an office suite that Google Docs can't handle.

Ugh, GDocs. I find it sooooo sluggish.
   
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That last bit is debatable

I agree actually. It will take time.. but its the direction things are heading
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Originally Posted by BigpoppaFrary View Post

It's a business, they want to sell more product but can't because old stock is still being used and runs just fine. How do they fix this? Tell them the old Office is no longer supported and they " have to upgrade. "

And they will neglect to add, "...if you want support" on that sentence. I am sure there will be places upgrading out of fear of losing support that if they stopped and looked back they'd realize that they never had an issue with Office 2003 and don't really need support anyway.

Though I am of the belief that if you are using Office 2003...just go Open Office or Libre Office. It will be an upgrade.

However, Starting with Office 2007 there are some nice things that Office does better than the free versions...but they only matter if you are using them (things like simplifying database tie ins, making bibliographies/Work Cited Pages, making web pages from other office docs...). In 2010 Microsoft made it even better...I haven't really seen anything special with 2013 though.
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post #18 of 27
The simple fact of the matter is people go to school to master the functions of office. Sure, Libre office does most of the stuff, but at the cost of a dated UI and minimal true support.

It is free for a reason. I bought 2010. I'll probably buy ever 2nd version. I can understand not buying the new version every time one comes out. But seriously? People should quit complaining so much.
People love to hate Microsoft. How many software programs are supported for over 10 years?? Windows is the ONLY operating system with detailed support for that long, or longer.
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The simple fact of the matter is people go to school to master the functions of office.

Yet few of them get past journeyman level. smile.gif
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Sure, Libre office does most of the stuff, but at the cost of a dated UI and minimal true support.

I don't know if having a "dated" UI is a cost. If anything it's a bonus. New UIs are a cost because they require relearning all that stuff that you said they went to school for. wink.gif Not exactly sure what you mean by "true support", but I'm guessing it's related to compatibility with MS's unnecessary and unnecessarily complicated document formats.
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I would say learning Excel/VB macros thoroughly is one of the best skills to have in an office.

You can earn so many favours and pay rises by optimising spreadsheets tongue.gif
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