Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Microsoft Microsoft has released Office 365 Home Premium. Ars has a review up: "Just like Windows 8, this cloud-tethered version of Office may have a hard time convincing home users it's time to upgrade. There are many useful new features in some of the most heavily used applications of Office, and the new add-in apps provide a useful way to pull external content into documents and presentations. The real question is whether customers - especially consumers - will buy into the service format." You're looking at EUR 100 per year for Office 365 Home Premium. Sure, it's for five PCs - but one, who has that many PCs these days other than families, two, even among those families, how many need Office for five PCs, three, who doesn't buy Office once and just installs it on all PCs in the house, and four, you can't use it for commercial stuff. In other words, virtually everyone is better off buying regular, non-subscription Office 2013 Home & Student. You pay EUR 139 once (instead of EUR 100 every year), and it's yours forever. I really don't understand who the subscription service is for - it's screaming for a single-license, EUR 25 per year option. Also, lose that ridiculous non-commercial bullshit.
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libreoffice bonus!
by bnolsen on Wed 30th Jan 2013 22:47 UTC
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this whole deal just means more libreoffice users. I guess I've never really gotten the whole office suite "power users" thing. Hopefully those users and those documents are becoming things of the past.

Things aren't looking good for MS in general. With the US economy now actually shrinking it looks like they are doing everything they can to squeeze more revenue from their own customers. Perhaps soon we'll that whole monopoly thing on the desktop will be a thing of the past (actually that's been slowly happening anyways).

Edited 2013-01-30 22:49 UTC

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