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Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained
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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/21/2014 | 5:09:45 PM
Re: MS Office is a dinosaur
"Apache OpenOffice is superior to MS Office."

I think it depends how you define "superior."

I'll conced I don't know OpenOffice as thoroughly as I know Office. I also concede this: Where there's feature parity, OpenOffice might be the superior option. But there isn't feature parity across the board, especially if you're interested in Office 365-specific cloud benefits, as opposed to features within individual apps. And that's to say nothing of Power BI and the whole "UI for data" plan.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/21/2014 | 4:55:26 PM
Re: Dumb-down product
"With storage dirt cheap, 64 GB USB stick for less than $25.00, who needs cloud storage??  Why use the CLOUD - so NSA and others can snoop/meta through all your documents?!  Word and Excel on a large screen cell phone or tablet?  No thanks.  If I'm going to do some productive work - it will be on a 102-key keyboard, mouse and a screen to show more than 4x6 cell area.  All the CLOUD hype is just that - hype by storage vendors such as Google, MS and others to make us pay them to store data we want to save."


Personally, I find Office 365 useful. Depending where I'm writing (office, home, train, hotel room, at a conference, etc.) and how mobile I need to be, I use different devices, and Office 365 a great help. But I think your point illustrates Microsoft's challenge.

While I like Office 365, I can appreciatre why some within Microsoft's enormous pool of customers are upset. I think it's easy hyperbolize some of the cloud security risks, but it's still a consideration. And at a more basic level, a lot of people are perfectly happy with regular standalone versions, and they feel (with some merit) that Microsoft is using its pricing and upgrade policies to force them toward subscriptions (though, as mentioned in the article, some benefits come along with that). Microsoft is attempting to execute a large, fundamental change relatively quickly, and it's rocked the boat with some longtime cutomers. Tensions among longtime Windows users get a lot of attention, but some Office customers aren't thrilled either.
KevinO442
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KevinO442,
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4/21/2014 | 4:14:17 PM
All Your Data Belongs to NSA
Nicrosoft office for the iPad.

Microsoft office for the iPhone.

Microsoft office for all your tablet needs.

 

All of this is online. All of this passes through the internet. Any business that uses this stuff is basically exposing all their company secrets to the NSA , which has already been caught a few times engaging in corperate espianoge to make sure USA companies win any bid, because they can force USA companies to act as spies for them (homeland security act) .

 

Buy our products ! If you're not based in the usa , we will bankrupt you ! We will make sure your USA competition wins any bids !

 

Love the sales pitch.
Majo
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Majo,
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4/21/2014 | 3:11:42 PM
Dumb-down product
MS keeps changing Office for the sake of change so they can sell new products.  The UI change from 2003 to 2007 and onward is stupid - commands as pictures for the masses as if we, the users, don't understand what we were doing.  Access lost much of its usability, agility and security features.  Power users use shortcuts and right-mouse click; not opening a command tree.  With storage dirt cheap, 64 GB USB stick for less than $25.00, who needs cloud storage??  Why use the CLOUD - so NSA and others can snoop/meta through all your documents?!  Word and Excel on a large screen cell phone or tablet?  No thanks.  If I'm going to do some productive work - it will be on a 102-key keyboard, mouse and a screen to show more than 4x6 cell area.  All the CLOUD hype is just that - hype by storage vendors such as Google, MS and others to make us pay them to store data we want to save.  I have 3 TB of storage, and backup for it.  I will never fill it up with Word, Excel and other Office programs data!  Also, we are being conditioned to not being able to exist without online connectivity just like what happened with cable.  We got lured in with movie channels, sports and such - now we pay premium rates for what used to be programming supported by advertising - and still get the advertising!!  I want to be able to do all that I used to do, pre pay-365-days-a-year-Office, off line!!!
asksqn
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asksqn,
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4/21/2014 | 1:27:43 PM
MS Office is a dinosaur
Actually with six different modules, Apache OpenOffice is superior to MS Office.  To say otherwise indicates an unfamiliarity with the suite. And not only is it 100% free but there is a vast world of template and usage resources available from the open source community.
jrehg337
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jrehg337,
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4/21/2014 | 1:01:44 PM
Re: Power vs. Expense
Michael,

You highlighted the crux of the matter - the wide ecosystem and the Enterprise. At work I'll be on MS for the foreseeable future. At home I can put together a system with little to no software expense using Linux and open source software. And for those purposes it will satisy most of my requirements.

That said, my recent experience with Linux tells me it's nowhere near ready for the home user, beyond the enthusiast (let alone the workplace), but the applications are available now - so I can use them and discover the little things they do well, sometimes better than MS products, and usually with a lot less overhead.

Thank goodness for dual booting and virtual machines!
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/21/2014 | 12:51:15 PM
Re: Power vs. Expense
I think "power vs. expense" nicely sums up Microsoft Office vs. competitors. If you need a deep feature set and wide ecosystem, Office boasts clear advantages. Its wide user footprint is also a monumental advantage in the enterprise. But if you value cost, simplicity of use, or other attributes, some of the other options are more than good enough-- which is why some of them have eaten into Office's market share, albeit mostly modestly.
jrehg337
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jrehg337,
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4/21/2014 | 12:09:15 PM
Power vs. Expense
I agree that MS is moving in the right direction, but for what most users need (myself included 99% of the time), LibreOffice is fine and does a great job. It may not do everything, but Excel is the main area that the free suites fall short on, and that's probably only an interoperability thing - as with VB for the macros.

So I keep an old copy of Office on hand, which so far has managed it well enough. (I'm sure in the future it won't, but by then I hope to be completely off MS products.)

 
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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4/20/2014 | 6:28:03 PM
more platforms

I like that MS is making office available on other platforms. Making it available to Ipad users is a great move. I believe if you have a corporate Office 365 plan you can run office on Ipads with no additional cost.

petey
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petey,
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4/19/2014 | 9:19:53 PM
365 not too bad
Having recently purchased a new laptop with win 8.1, I was impressed with some of the 365 capabilities and integration. Things that used to drive me nuts about office products (price and resource usage) are becoming less annoying. Not that I'm a MS fanboy, but I think they are starting to innovate again. This is the first major player to integrate their products in the cloud. If it works (and all signs indicate yes) we could be seeing a major paradigm shift in software . MS was late to the table but I think with 365 they are getting it right on the first try.


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