----some long term issues----
The SSD performance you probably want will be gone when you move the bottleneck on slow networks (at least I'm confronted with those) and slow cloud storage... don't tell me they gonna invest in SSD cloud storage just for you... nope... everyone has to be pleased with what he/she gets.
I was born offline and I'll stay that way.
Going online for me is just like taking a swim or go for a ride or fly, you don't do that constantly.
I'm fine with Office 2010 and I'm not gonna upgrade.
I might be a bit jaded since I'm in a position where I can get Office 13 on disc (by disc I mean burning my own).
....." There are still some areas in this country where a land line for telephone is not possible......."
Try mine - but our problem exists for obviously for different reasons than in the USA. !!
That doesn't mean though that I need to be on the Internet to install programs etc.
The whole "internet only" stuff will eventually KILL town centers, physical social gatherings and in general make us like the inhabitants of Solaria in Asimov's Foundation and Robot series where people lived totally alone and were 100% dependent on Robots.
Solaria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I don't think I want to develop in that way at all - sounds a horrible future.
Microsoft Office Home Premium 2013 Preview - Official Site
Buy Microsoft Office and Microsoft Office 365 Online - Office.com
Office 365 Home Premium Online | Monthly Subscription - Office.com
Rumor has it that is will be about $100 a year.
Also, you can install on 5 PC's
Also, it does install on the system, it is not strictly cloud based, and you can work with Office while NOT connected to the internet.
In other words: you can work with Office while NOT connected to the internet.Is Internet access required for Office?
Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office 365 plans.
Internet access is also required to manage, update, and access subscription versions of Office, including Office 365 Home Premium. You need to go online to www.office.com/myaccount to manage your subscription account. For example, if you want to install Office on another PC or device, or to change billing options. You need to connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and to benefit from automatic upgrades.
Internet connectivity is also required to access the Office 365 additional features such as SkyDrive and Skype world minutes.
Unless you need to access Skydrive etc, but you don't have to use that, you can save to you Hard Drive
I've been wondering this myself: How does the idea that Surface is an "assault weapon" relate to Zune's story? Microsoft's Zune HD was an outstanding piece of hardware, and unfortunately, it never made it to popularity. I don't know what to blame: Microsoft's marketing team? The product itself for just not provided what people wanted at the time (apps)?
All this to say, I'd be saddened if Surface ended up hurting Microsoft and failing like Zune did. Only because I feel like it has so much potential (Zune did too). Microsoft ACTUALLY makes good hardware, too.