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Office 2013 to be the last non subscription version

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Office 2013 to be the last non subscription version


    Hi there
    judging by the latest advertising for Office 365 (subscription model - up to 5 PC's) and the restriction of Office 2013 being fixed to the ORIGINAL computer (i.e you can't move it when getting a new computer) I'd suspect that future Office products will now be only subscription models.

    I don't like this idea and am not going down this route. I'll keep Office 2010 for as long as possible --and if Windows itself goes subscription only then Linux Mint or whatever -- Here I come. (Libre Office also seems to be improving -- but I'm quite a power user of EXCEL so it's not quite ready for prime time for me).

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Time to mainstream Open Office.

    $ub$cription model$ and $oftware a$ a $ervice. Tru$t u$. We have your be$t intere$t$ in mind.

    I have about a third or more of my users using office 2003 right now. No problem, simple, familiar, gets the job done. Why would I want to belly up to the table and drop down more money for 2013 or subscription models?

    I wonder how much money 2003 would have cost me if we had subscriptions for the past 10 years instead of a one time pruchase of the software? I think Microsoft contemplated this same question . . .
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipduran View Post
    Time to mainstream Open Office.

    $ub$cription model$ and $oftware a$ a $ervice. Tru$t u$. We have your be$t intere$t$ in mind.

    I have about a third or more of my users using office 2003 right now. No problem, simple, familiar, gets the job done. Why would I want to belly up to the table and drop down more money for 2013 or subscription models?

    I wonder how much money 2003 would have cost me if we had subscriptions for the past 10 years instead of a one time pruchase of the software? I think Microsoft contemplated this same question . . .
    Hi there
    For a lot of people - unfortunately not me yet



    LibreOffice Productivity Suite Download » LibreOffice

    and it's FREE. V 4.0 is getting pretty compatible with Ms office -- at least for basic users.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thankfully, for those who don't want to go the subscription route, or don't feel the necessity to stay on the latest versions, there are solid alternatives available.
    • Open Office
    • Google Docs
    • Microsoft Web Apps via Skydrive
    • Previous versions of Office we might already own.


    As far as Office 365 goes, I really don't see it as a rip-off provided that you need access to move than just basic word processing and spreadsheet and you have 2 computers or more that you wish to use. If you need Outlook, or Access, or Publisher...you are looking at an Office 2013 Pro license which is $400 for each computer. If you needed that on 2 computers, that would be $800. That would cover 8 years of Office 365 and that would give you the ability to run on up to 5 computers rather than just 2. And for those who desire to stay on the latest and greatest, this model gives you that ability without additional cost.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Thankfully, for those who don't want to go the subscription route, or don't feel the necessity to stay on the latest versions, there are solid alternatives available.
    • Open Office
    • Google Docs
    • Microsoft Web Apps via Skydrive
    • Previous versions of Office we might already own.


    As far as Office 365 goes, I really don't see it as a rip-off provided that you need access to move than just basic word processing and spreadsheet and you have 2 computers or more that you wish to use. If you need Outlook, or Access, or Publisher...you are looking at an Office 2013 Pro license which is $400 for each computer. If you needed that on 2 computers, that would be $800. That would cover 8 years of Office 365 and that would give you the ability to run on up to 5 computers rather than just 2. And for those who desire to stay on the latest and greatest, this model gives you that ability without additional cost.
    Hi there
    Don't forget if you NEED outlook / Access or Publisher these programs are available individually so you don't always have to have an Office PRO subscription -- just add the individual components to the Basic student and Teacher edition (which works on 3 computers anyway).

    Also there are various Use at Home or Student facilities available for Office 2007 / 2010 -- and you can source Full Office 2007 really cheaply now.

    There's nothing really new in any version of Office after 2007 -- apart from Touch, Collaboration documents and things like Lync (rather like a corporate version of "Facebook").

    Typical home users won't need any of these so 3 copies of Office 2007 PRO can be had for around 100 USD.
    Cheers.

    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Don't forget if you NEED outlook / Access or Publisher these programs are available individually so you don't always have to have an Office PRO subscription -- just add the individual components to the Basic student and Teacher edition (which works on 3 computers anyway).
    Yes, these add-ons are around $100 each. And the 3 computer option works on Office 2010 and below....not to the Office 2013 version which is what I was price quoting on.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Also there are various Use at Home or Student facilities available for Office 2007 / 2010 -- and you can source Full Office 2007 really cheaply now.
    But many aren't going to spend money right now on the old versions. Although in terms of the new licensing schemes or subscription only, maybe they will.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    There's nothing really new in any version of Office after 2007 -- apart from Touch, Collaboration documents and things like Lync (rather like a corporate version of "Facebook").
    We use Lync at work, it's very nice. Online meetings, recordings, heck we are even adding enterprise phone now and considering getting rid of our standard phone system. It's more than "Facebook".

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Typical home users won't need any of these so 3 copies of Office 2007 PRO can be had for around 100 USD.
    Cheers.

    jimbo
    Yep, if they don't mind being on an older version, it's not an issue.
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    Office 2010 looks like it'll be here to stay on my machine for quite some time, it would appear.

    Wenda.
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    The term, "Burning Bridges" comes to mind.
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    I have a copy of Office 2013 through the "Home Use Program". I wonder how the concept of HUP will deal with the transcription future of Office. Right now I have a copy of Office Pro for €13. No annually payment can compare with that (or it should be like €5 per year).
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