Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jun 2013 22:05 UTC
Windows "The problem with Microsoft's latest approach is that the company is gambling on consumers seeing past the Office confusion, and betting that PC makers will start creating high-quality devices. Unlike the netbook era, there's a huge choice of tablets these days. If time has taught us anything, it's that confused consumers will go elsewhere."
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Office obsession.
by tkeith on Fri 7th Jun 2013 15:34 UTC
tkeith
Member since:
2010-09-01

I really don't understand why so many people "need" office. Free alternatives have been out there for years, and for what most people use it for it's good enough. Heck, Google Docs even has some significant advantages over Office. I've asked people why they bought it, and most really don't even have a good reason. Familiarity isn't even a legitimate excuse for most people with the introduction of the ribbon and other changes as of late.

I have no problem with people buying it, but to me it's probably the lamest reason to be tied to Windows. There is a lot of software that doesn't have an legitimate alternative available for other platforms, and that really ties you to Windows like CAD software.

A word processor is not a big selling point in 2013.

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RE: Office obsession.
by darknexus on Fri 7th Jun 2013 16:49 in reply to "Office obsession."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I really don't understand why so many people "need" office. Free alternatives have been out there for years, and for what most people use it for it's good enough.

Obviously you've never tried to share documents between Office alternatives and genuine Office. If you did, you'd not say these things. Even different versions of Office don't share that well between one another. It's actually quite pathetic.

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RE[2]: Office obsession.
by tkeith on Fri 7th Jun 2013 18:36 in reply to "RE: Office obsession."
tkeith Member since:
2010-09-01

Fair, but I'm talking about home use. These are usually simple documents where they don't need to share between different programs. Funny, at work we always have to save documents back to the oldest forms possible to avoid venders or old computers in house that still have old software. We save Office documents back to 97 and CAD files back to 2000.

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