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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$0 for students and staff
by troc on Tue 18th Sep 2012 10:02 UTC
troc
Member since:
2006-05-01

One may balk at these prices, but college staff and students do not have to pay for them because msft provides an academic license. This is much much cheaper, in fact staff get a 'free' copy as well as the one on their desktop/laptop.

Pernicious, as these prices await outside of college. Not to mention the academic failure in the lack of awareness (and ability) when it comes to considering or using alternatives.

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RE: $0 for students and staff
by joekiser on Tue 18th Sep 2012 11:00 in reply to "$0 for students and staff"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Pernicious, as these prices await outside of college.

Not necessarily. Every single company I've worked for since college has been part of the Microsoft Office Home Use Program, where you can legally purchase the most recent versions of Office, Visio, and Project for $9.99/copy. Considering my undergrad school offered Office for $30, it actually gets cheaper when you graduate. I love my Linux desktop, I really do, but it's hard to justify dealing with the file incompatibility of LibreOffice when the real thing is so cheap and Wine works so well. What ever happened to those MS Office filters that Nokia purchased for Calligra, anyway?

What would be nice is if government standardized on ODF. I'm actually interested in hearing from those of you who lived under Mitt Romney when he codified an ODF standard for Mass. government. Has that ever come to pass, or was it just a good will gesture that was never enforced?

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RE: $0 for students and staff
by orfanum on Tue 18th Sep 2012 14:28 in reply to "$0 for students and staff"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Well...It's true they are cheaper and I probably would not pay full whack for a non-education copy but I have switched back to Office just recently exactly in order to be productive after using OpenOffice then LibreOffice for around 4-5 years in total.

The inability of these products to read .docx correctly, the crashes, the hacked formatting, the disruption caused by all that squabbling when they forked - finally got to me. The last straw was using LibreOffice's Impress for a formal presentation only to find that it had got massively scrambled in being saved, and half the images failed on actually presenting.

I am on a Mac by the way, and use Linux off and on at home. However, although not a Microsoft fanboy, I have to say that Office has come a long way since I stopped using it regularly; it's an easy suite of tools to deploy by comparison, at least for me.

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RE[2]: $0 for students and staff
by haakin on Tue 18th Sep 2012 16:11 in reply to "RE: $0 for students and staff"
haakin Member since:
2008-12-18

The last straw was using LibreOffice's Impress for a formal presentation only to find that it had got massively scrambled in being saved, and half the images failed on actually presenting.


If you are not going to use your own computer, you need to have your presentation as pdf. Just in case something goes wrong. Likely, it will.

I have had similar problems using Powerpoint. The last one, I had a 1-hour presentation and I needed to prepare a shorter version. I just hide 90% of the slides and in my computer those slides weren't shown during the presentation rehearsal. But, they were shown during the presentation in front of the audience. I had a very bad time during those 10 minutes. Some kind of incompatibility between powerpoint versions.

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