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  1. #101


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    Patrik, this is not a good comparison

    1. Home and Student has also One Note, Clip Organizer and Picture Manager

    2. For the $139, you get a 3 user license: Newegg.com - Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User

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  2. #102


    Well, I did link to the Amazon page for the 1 user Office 2013 Home and Student and it was $139.99.

    In the past, I thought that the Office Home and Student was a 1 user, but 3 PC install. So, technically if you have 4 users in the home, you are really supposed to get 4 user licenses. That was my understanding

    Usually the advertisements are stated as 1 user/3PC's as shown below;
    Amazon.com: Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010 - 3PC/1User (Disc Version): Software

    Either way, if you need Outlook, Publisher, or Acccess...you are looking at Office Pro and that is $400 per 1 license.
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  3. #103


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    I guess it depends on your particular needs and how far you can 'stretch' the Eula. I work with Office Home and Student 2007 since 2007 and never felt the need to have anything more.
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  4. #104


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I guess it depends on your particular needs and how far you can 'stretch' the Eula. I work with Office Home and Student 2007 since 2007 and never felt the need to have anything more.
    Agreed, I don't even have office installed at home. It's on my work laptop and that is good enough for me. I saw no reason to spend any money on MS Office. I can also use the freebie web apps to if push came to shove.
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  5. #105


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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Now its getting ridiculous, Google releases a Chromebook with touch and it's not your $300-$450 laptop...nope, this one packs a nice price of about $1300. What's worse is that tech bloggers are praising this thing and even saying it is better than a MacBook Air or Surface Pro both of which run real applications. Yup, $1300 for a laptop that runs a browser.

    Google takes on Apple with Chromebook Pixel, touchscreen and all | News | TechRadar

    This comment isn't really directed at the product itself, it's just another example of how tech bloggers continue to praise Google and Apple but blast Microsoft. Windows RT can't run legacy apps and that's a no no making RT Tablets too expensive, Chromebooks can't run legacy apps and they are great regardless of cost. So much for these tech bloggers reporting on technology without being totally biased.
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  6. #106


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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    Now its getting ridiculous, Google releases a Chromebook with touch and it's not your $300-$450 laptop...nope, this one packs a nice price of about $1300. What's worse is that tech bloggers are praising this thing and even saying it is better than a MacBook Air or Surface Pro both of which run real applications. Yup, $1300 for a laptop that runs a browser.

    Google takes on Apple with Chromebook Pixel, touchscreen and all | News | TechRadar

    This comment isn't really directed at the product itself, it's just another example of how tech bloggers continue to praise Google and Apple but blast Microsoft. Windows RT can't run legacy apps and that's a no no making RT Tablets too expensive, Chromebooks can't run legacy apps and they are great regardless of cost. So much for these tech bloggers reporting on technology without being totally biased.
    The day internet appliances cost more than every other internet appliance (many other of those devices are of ACTUAL use however) is the day I say no deal. No deal.

    I'm still trying to figure out if you can even connect an external hard drive to it, or even at least an android smartphone. Why the bullocks would you spend that kind of money to run a free web browser and web apps? Can it even be used to manage an android smartphone?!
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  7. #107


    Well, to be fair, the story said that the Chromebook was trying to take on a MacBook air. It didn't flat out say it was better.

    A screen resolution of 2560x1700 is pretty outstanding. And although I am personally not a fan of touch, tons of people are...so it has that going for it.

    It does look pretty nice, and compelling for those of us who still prefer a laptop form factor.

    And for those who are interested in the cloud, having 1TB of storage space for free for 3 years is not a bad deal either. Of course, those of us with limited bandwidth would struggle to push that much data...it would probably take 3 years.

    All in all, I have a chromebook that I am using for this very post. It was $250 and for that price I absolutely love the device. I don't yet see the value in this for $1299 though. It's got some things going for it, but I'm not going to buy one.
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  8. #108


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Well, to be fair, the story said that the Chromebook was trying to take on a MacBook air. It didn't flat out say it was better.

    A screen resolution of 2560x1700 is pretty outstanding. And although I am personally not a fan of touch, tons of people are...so it has that going for it.

    It does look pretty nice, and compelling for those of us who still prefer a laptop form factor.

    And for those who are interested in the cloud, having 1TB of storage space for free for 3 years is not a bad deal either. Of course, those of us with limited bandwidth would struggle to push that much data...it would probably take 3 years.

    All in all, I have a chromebook that I am using for this very post. It was $250 and for that price I absolutely love the device. I don't yet see the value in this for $1299 though. It's got some things going for it, but I'm not going to buy one.
    A better value is a 64 gig Surface RT and buying an external hard drive of 3+ TBs of local storage, or even a NAS setup as you will still have plenty money left over for that. Maybe even a 64 gig Surface Pro with touch/type cover keyboard, and again, external hard drive, possibly NAS setup. Three years of a TB of storage?....ehhhh.... That's iffy.
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  9. #109


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    A better value is a 64 gig Surface RT and buying an external hard drive of 3+ TBs of local storage, or even a NAS setup as you will still have plenty money left over for that. Maybe even a 64 gig Surface Pro with touch/type cover keyboard, and again, external hard drive, possibly NAS setup. Three years of a TB of storage?....ehhhh.... That's iffy.
    That's assuming that you want tons of local storage space!. I'm transitioning from stuff stored local to having it available more online and available from any device and from anywhere. With things like Skydrive, and Google Drive, and DropBox you end up with your critical data in 2 locations. It's an automatic backup you don't have to think about. So, if one day your house burns to the ground, you haven't lost your precious pictures and home movies that are truly irreplaceable. People are starting to see the value in this.
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  10. #110


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    A better value is a 64 gig Surface RT and buying an external hard drive of 3+ TBs of local storage, or even a NAS setup as you will still have plenty money left over for that. Maybe even a 64 gig Surface Pro with touch/type cover keyboard, and again, external hard drive, possibly NAS setup. Three years of a TB of storage?....ehhhh.... That's iffy.
    That's assuming that you want tons of local storage space!. I'm transitioning from stuff stored local to having it available more online and available from any device and from anywhere. With things like Skydrive, and Google Drive, and DropBox you end up with your critical data in 2 locations. It's an automatic backup you don't have to think about. So, if one day your house burns to the ground, you haven't lost your precious pictures and home movies that are truly irreplaceable. People are starting to see the value in this.
    I'd prefer tons of local storage for things like video files, Cloud storage for sensitive data like documents, pictures, and MAYBE music depending on how large the Cloud drive is. Digital films can be replaced, but years and years old digital images and documents can't be too easily.

    I'm actually transitioning off my old Windows Live account to a new Outlook.com domain. I'm going to be buying like 20 gigs or so of SkyDrive storage to move what I currently have from the Live account over. And then later, add more onto it to save my music, as losing a large music library has left me in a musical drought.

    Backup, backup, backup, backup!!!
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