Microsoft Adds a Lower Cost 'Personal' Subscription Option to Office 365

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bjoswald

Renting a word processor has to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Just get LibreOffice and be done with it. Seriously, how many people need more than 10% of Office 97? I bet you can count them on one hand...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I still use Office 97. On my XP machine. LOL.

Fuck Micro$oft.

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bpstone

Cash Cow, corp. interests are with their shareholders. Sadly neither sheep (customers) nor their nationality matter to them anymore.

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bpstone

There is no reason to purchase software unless it offers features you will actually use. Libre Office offers much of what most people will ever need.

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AFDozerman

I still find it odd that we pay for text editors. We've had iso standards for decades on text processing and manipulation and the functionality is actually built into a lot of programming languages. Why do we still pay for this stuff?

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devin3627

man, this site's phishing link is f*cking pissing me off. they still haven't fixed it. dont trust maximumpc subcribe page, its a scam site that wants your credit card.

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firefox91

Microsoft doesn't get it, do they? MS Office was already overpriced but paying that one time cost is better than paying every year for as long as you want to use the software. Seriously, I could still be using Office 2003 today and it would be fine because I didn't even use 10% of everything it could do. But I got Office 2010 because it was only $10 through my job. See, when you price things reasonably people are willing to just pay for it. When you require $70-100 per year, they will find something else.

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froggz

How about the option to purchase after one year, with $100 credit towards the final cost of purchasing a license. It just seems like such a waste of money, leasing software.

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trivor

I really like Kingsoft office - very light on disk space, has either traditional menu or ribbon and supports all the mainstream features. Have purchased Office in the past (2007) but don't really think it's worth even $100 (Home & Student) any more let alone a rental. If I really need office compatibility and my current suite doesn't work in that rare case there are always office web apps. Also, so far been VERY UNIMPRESSED with Office on Windows Phone - less full featured than the office alternatives on Android (love Kingsoft Office Mobile there).

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AFDozerman

I find Kingsoft hard to trust. They're Chinese, and if you think the NSA spying is bad, you should consider what the Chinese do.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I don't have a problem buying the Office suite. I have a problem renting the office suite. I have a problem with cloud applications and data storage.

My data doesn't need to be stored in Fort Meade.

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LatiosXT

People say that the FOSS alternatives are better or as good. But the one thing that people need to get over is the familiarity hump. Yes, Open/Libre Office look like MS Office did in 2000, but having been used to the Ribbon interface (and finding some parts of it better, like mucking with tables), it's really hard for me to go back to the old interface.

It's pretty much the same thing with Linux. Lubuntu makes an excellent alternative to Windows if all you're doing is basic stuff. Plus it's very light on resources. I even had it dual-booted on a basic laptop. But if someone wanted to use it (I had it around as a guest laptop), then I'd boot it into Windows because that's what people were familiar with.

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bloodhawke83

I get office pro for 9.99 with everything.

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Neufeldt2002

I just don't understand why anyone is willing to pay these fees when Libre Office is free. Superior features are FUD and proprietary formats are created by MS to keep vendor lock-in. Unless MS Office has a feature that Libre Office doesn't have that you can't live without (ie: do your job) you just don't need it.

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Renegade Knight

Superior features are the opposite of FUD. I agree though that paying more than a few bucks for both superior features we use is pointless.

I've actually taken to installing Libre Office instead of my 9.99 version of Office on machines because Libre just installs while Office has me call in to the mothership and check my serial number because they don't trust me to only install it on one machine at a time and I do install it quite a bit.

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livebriand

I installed Libreoffice on my spare machine over last summer (I did a clean install of the 8.1 beta), and it only occurred to me several months later that I never did bother with MS Office. I did that because LO installs faster and I didn't have to go find my license key, and I finally realized that I just didn't need MS Office at all. I have since switched over to LO completely (though I keep MS Office around for the occasional document that won't work in LO). The subscription model certainly didn't help Microsoft's case either.

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JCSFBAY81

Ms office is pointless when you stack it against libre office. However, what makes Ms office appealing is how integrated it is in the business world. For me I'm fine with LO. What I can't live without is Outlook. I know there are alternatives to Outlook but nothing functions as well. Email, calendar, contacts, notes. All in one place. What's not to love. It's also local and not on the cloud. Since I get office pro 2007, 2010, & 2013 for $10 for each edition through work its a no brainer but, It's steep price for the consumer and it doesn't make sense when freeware alternatives do the job almost equally as well.. Neither does a subscription for 7 or 10 bucks when libre office can handle your essays just as efficiently and for free. I'd say make sure you format you doc to .docx so Microsoft can read them and you're good to go.

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jtrpop

Free and open source options have come so far that I and most mainstream users may never need to buy an Office suite again. OneDrive office web apps or Google Drive for general Word or Excel creation, and LibreOffice for more intense office work.