Microsoft May Ship a Free Version of Office 14 & Will Still Work on Windows XP

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Wareagle

I wish PC vendors would just give you Office with a new computer like they used to.

Office 2007 Home & Student is only $150, and the OEM version is probably a fraction of that.

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roninnder

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"I wish PC vendors would just give you Office with a new computer like they used to.

Office 2007 Home & Student is only $150, and the OEM version is probably a fraction of that"

 

Yeah, but the fraction is like 7/8.  Please please OEM's, bundle in more bloatware.  I just take it for granted that I'm going to have to repartition my hard drive then reinstall windows clean once I get my new computer home.

Or you could just man up and build your own computer, then you could bundle in any software you want.  I thought that's what MaximumPC was about, power users.

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shadowstar

If Microsoft wants to corner the market with Windows 7 and get the IT proffessionals to adopt it quicker than they have with Vista then why not offer the new Microsoft Office as part of the full install since they are working on antipiracy and incorporate the updates with the windows updates as they have with Vista and the paid versions of Microsoft Office. I use Microsoft Office Home and Student version only due to my college requiring it otherwise I would use either Microsoft Works or OpenOffice.

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Wareagle

Because they'd get slapped with a huge antitrust lawsuit.

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Pinkyblister

I still own a copy of Office 2000 Professional.  It functions perfectly well for my needs, but when I tried OpenOffice, I liked it better.  OpenOffice is much less bloated and seems to use less resources.  I see no need for adware based Microsoft Office software when I can use a faster, slimmer program alternative for free right now.  I now have my entire company using OpenOffice-why pay for anything else?

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Yusonice

Wouldnt it make people opt for the free version instead of buying? I wouldnt mind a few ads maybe hackers will find a workaround to disable the ads. That would be so suite

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DBsantos77

Microsoft. . Free software, does anyone else see anything wrong here?

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DoctorX

Openoffice is an extremely capable office suite.  I have no incentive to get the bloatware of office adware or otherwise.  I have been using it for years now.  As for windows 7?  Who gives a rat's ass if companies wont get it if office 14 does not make it manditory.  Office 2003 is a fucking cludge.  It is very slow and not useful at all. I will be running win 7 when it comes out.  I have the beta running and it is more stable than vista sp1. 

 On a side note... when will microsoft and others and the it press realize, if they want to court the businesses, then they need to court the techies.  Us techies tell the companies what to buy and NOT to buy.  Vista was god aweful.  We told our bosses to skip it and stay with XP.  M$ decided to ignore us techies, so we got our businesses to ignore vista.  Win7 has righted a lot of those wrongs.  Also, who gives a fuck on how many prebuilt machines have vista on it.  I have bought 1... as in ONE pc since 93.  I have built all my others and families pcs.  Some are running Linux now because of Microsoft.  We are then ones that tell others what pc to buy with what OS.  WE are the ones who everyone goes to.  

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Wareagle

I've had some trouble opening Word docs in OOo, particularly ones with a lot of tables.  They just don't show up right.

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quickone

I have used OpenOffice for the past 4 years and I like it more, except
for the compatibility with the rest of the world.  It's a pain in the
ass making sure it is saved as a doc or docx opposed to odt since
Microsoft won't recognize the format.  I have Vista only because I get
ultimate through my university for $20, the full version of office is
only $50 so I have it just in case  OpenOffice doesn't work well with
some of the features in office. 

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DoctorX

just set it up as the default.  Openoffice 3 can open and work with docx... upgrade.

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nekollx

and MS office is goignt osupport ODt soon

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