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MS Office 2013: Will Subscriptions Be a Hit?
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AustinIT
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2/1/2013 | 6:46:49 AM
re: MS Office 2013: Will Subscriptions Be a Hit?
That's not entirely true. Un-install from your old machine, install on the new one, and then do a "phone call" activation rather than an automated Internet activation. Discuss your situation with the Activation team when you call and they will help you get it done.
Verdumont Monte
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1/31/2013 | 8:38:23 PM
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Frankly, Office 2013 is a "Devolved" product in Office series. It kind of provides the same functionality of Office 2010 , for a higher price. MS wants you to subscribe to a monthly subscription model, without making the costs reasonable. TCO of O2K13 over 5 years will be ridiculous. No one would be willing to pay that much for home use. One could very well use the LibreOffice, if all needs to be done are simple spreadsheets, basic word processing. BTW, MS Office supports ODT format, so people should start looking in to these unwanted proprietary softwares, and see if they can replace it with free open source software.
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1/30/2013 | 11:18:35 PM
re: MS Office 2013: Will Subscriptions Be a Hit?
Hardy anyone talking about Office 2013 Standalone versions bothers to point out the biggest most important change. It is NON-Transferable.
Once installed it is locked to that machine.

Folks who purchase a standalone version who upgrade their machine, or replace it regardless of why, will need to purchase anther copy.

I purchased a new Dell desktop in November. I wanted to move my Office 2010 to it. Because I was out of warranty Microsoft said I needed a premium support call. $99.00 Cheap compared to buying another copy of Office 2010 Pro.

BUT with Office 2013 and the new rules I would be told "Sorry it is not transferable buy another copy".

When I do need to upgrade, since I use my copy of Office for "commercial use" I won't be able to get "Office 365 Home Premium", which is ONLY for non commercial use.

I figure a lot of people will get burned and a percentage will move to Office alternatives. How large a percentage? Will Microsoft Office go the way of WordPerfect?

Often the same folk that a year or two ago would not consider anything but "Real" Office, regardless of what features they needed, are now eager to find alternatives. The difference? Now they are using the iPad or an Android tablet .

For the rest of us, if we need "Real" Office it will be one form of Office 365, like it or not.

The good news about Office 365 is the subscription model will ENCOURAGE folks to look at alternatives. But if the alternative will cost you an hour or two a month troubleshooting formatting or the like, well then Office 365 will cost less.

Paul_Travis
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1/29/2013 | 2:11:45 PM
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I am not sure that enterprise IT wants software subscriptions, but they do want new and enhanced features. It will be interesting to see the breakdown in the ways people acquired this software six months or a year down the road.
Paul Travis, InformationWeek
Thomas Claburn
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1/29/2013 | 12:56:38 AM
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Agreed. Everyone wants you to subscribe to something these days. Subscriptions are something I try to avoid as much as possible.
JPolk
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1/28/2013 | 7:44:48 PM
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I don't think I would every "subscribe" to Office. And frankly, Office 97 is about the only version you every really need. Until it's an Andriod/iOS app it will continue to be an upgrade no one really needs. But hey! It's priced to move, right?
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1/28/2013 | 7:18:26 PM
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Open Office is plenty good for my needs and it's free legally. And while a tad simplistic, Google docs is also free to the home user. I understand why Microsoft wants me to subscribe, I just don't understand why Microsoft thinks I WOULD subscribe. If MS has a case to make in this regard, I don't recall hearing it.


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