re: MS Office 2013 Upgrade: 4 Points to Consider
I don't want to rent a suite by subscription. I want to buy it and use it as long as I want.
$139.99 for Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, the base standalone suite, which has no Outlook, but I need a good mail client. Means, I would have to buy Home and Business for $220. But I have a desktop PC plus a notebook and only get one license. Means I would have to buy two suites for $440. And these are tied to the computer they're installed on. Change of computer means: buy another new suite.
No, thanks a lot, Microsoft. I was interested to buy Office 2013, but I changed my mind because of your cheeky price policy.
Since two weeks I use SoftMaker Office Professional, an office suite made in Germany. Just $99 for three licenses, no matter if private or commercial use, including eM Client 5 Professional. I can use all my old Microsoft files perfectly, there`s no violation of formats, it works absolutely seamless. It has all features I need and find it better to use and faster than Microsoft Office. Tested LibreOffice before, but it smashed to much formats. After all I'm happy with SoftMaker and don't miss Microsoft a tiny bit.