Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2012 23:05 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft Office 2013 has received its pricetags. Home and Student - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote - is $140, while Home and Business, which adds Outlook into the mix, is $220. Professional jumps to a whopping $400, but adds Access and Publisher. For $100 per year, you can get the subscription version, which can be installed on up to 5 PCs (both Windows and OS X PCs). In related news, Microsoft still thinks it's 2001.
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by UltraZelda64 on Tue 18th Sep 2012 03:09 UTC
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As is typical with recent versions of Windows and Office; the artificial limitations and inflated costs just to get one itty-bitty little feature that happens to only be on the next-highest-price version. Or in this case, the absolute most highest price, biggest rip-off version.

Hey, Microsoft. Here's a hint. I want a word processor, a spreadsheet program, and a database program. That presentation program? Shove it up your ass. The personal information manager, the publishing application, and all the other crap in the package... shove all of that up there too. Just for one thing that I might want--a database program--I would have to pay for a bunch of other useless garbage. A whopping 400 bucks. That's one hell of a premium to have to pay just for a copy of Access. Microsoft must think we all shit money or something.

I have been an Abiword, Gnumeric, OpenOffice.org and more recently a LibreOffice user for many years, and although I do like the ribbon interface, Microsoft is giving me no good reason to switch to Office myself. A brief time playing with the demo was all I got, and it will be all I even bother with. The artificial limitations and inflated costs between Windows and Office honestly make it seem like they're trying *not* to sell their software. After all these years having never owned a license to Microsoft Office, I don't see that changing any time soon, even as 2012 reaches its end. And that is to say nothing of the new turd out of Redmond whose name ends with the number 8 (and no, not 98... that one was actually decent in comparison).

Of course, speaking of that above-mentioned turd, Microsoft has to convert me back to Windows before they can even get me to touch Office 13... but at this rate, hell will freeze over before I buy another license to use Windows.

I don't know how a company can stay in business for so long pulling this shit off. It's like they say "bend over!" and everyone just does it.

Bück Dich by Rammstein should be Microsoft's official theme song of the 2000s. Good song, but damn, is it fitting for what Microsoft does or what. And as the years go by, it still shows no sign of changing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sUOk91PhxQ

Edited 2012-09-18 03:19 UTC

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