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

Yes, I agree, that's one sensible way to do it. Actually, if truth be told, there's a growing acceptance of not having 'slides' (say the word as though you were pointing out a Marvel comic at a Classics seminar) at all. Analogue all way!

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