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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Once a joke, always a joke.
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, 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.

Edited 2012-09-18 03:19 UTC

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RE: Once a joke, always a joke.
by aliquis on Tue 18th Sep 2012 03:19 in reply to "Once a joke, always a joke."
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Ok, so you don't run Windows and don't intend to.

Microsoft do sell Office. Just not to you. They probably do it in the way which generate more profit, which is their goal.

But maybe you and Thom are better at generating profit and running a business than Microsoft? I mean Thom think this strategy belongs in 2001. How much successful business has Thom created? I won't comment on OSnews..

Microsoft likely know not everyone will use all of it. So what? Either you buy it or you don't. You mention all the other programs, if you don't want Office use those instead. Done deal?

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MSFT market cap according to Google finance:

Mkt cap 261.65 B.

I know that's only 6,5 months of FED mortage purchases but in difference with the FED Microsoft actually have to earn their income and produce something to earn their money.

Edited 2012-09-18 03:25 UTC

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

Ok, so you don't run Windows and, at the rate they're going and where they're taking it, you don't intend to.

Fixed that for you. ;)

There are actually many things I like about Windows. It's just becoming more clear by the year that all the bad is not being corrected, and even more crap is being put into place. I already stated that I like Office's ribbon UI, and that if I could buy a copy including three programs for a decent price, I would. Potentially.

But that's not going to happen. Both because Windows is heading down in a rut, and Office is... well, still not changing its ways with pricing and editions (and neither is Windows). The fact that it's Windows and Mac only further puts Office out of my league. So yes, for the time being, there are many alternatives that I'll use when I need a word processor, spreadsheet, or database program.

Microsoft do sell Office. Just not to you. They probably do it in the way which generate more profit, which is their goal.

Oh, you mean in such anti-competitive ways as cheap deals with OEMS to pre-install the software on their systems for much lower than you'd have to pay at retail? In other words... the same exact way they do with Windows?

Edited 2012-09-18 03:38 UTC

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RE: Once a joke, always a joke.
by Mr. Dee on Tue 18th Sep 2012 23:01 in reply to "Once a joke, always a joke."
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For someone who doesn't use Microsoft Office, you sound quite bitter about it. Is that a hint that you wish to still use Microsoft Office? Let me throw you a bone, go to one of the launch events and get a freebie or go to the Microsoft Office Facebook page and like the page. They usually have contest there where they giveaway free copies of Microsoft Office just for answering a question or playing a fun game. I personally won a copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2010 which I still have not used yet. If I could get in touch with you, I probably would give it to you. You sound so bitter and desparate.

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