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Office 365 Personal: 5 Questions Answered
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anon6541641096
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anon6541641096,
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3/15/2014 | 9:42:13 AM
"Personal" office 365
If it truely is "Personal" use instead of for work, then there's absolutely no reason to use it.   LibreOffice is $0 dollars/year.  And for most personal uses - you'll never be lacking.  Use the $70 for something useful instead of contributing to a corporation that outsourced all its jobs to India.
anon6110514317
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anon6110514317,
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3/15/2014 | 10:10:39 AM
Re: "Personal" office 365
This is another (among many) reason to totally avoid Microsoft products.
ManOnTheHill
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3/15/2014 | 1:26:47 PM
Re: "Personal" office 365
Office 365 is cloud-based, but does not require use of the cloud; like you, I am not a fan of putting my data on the cloud, so I don't even though I have multiple 365 subscriptions (one Home Premium and one for work). There is nothing in the versions of office I use that requires putting and data on the cloud.
BubblesGump
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3/15/2014 | 12:40:22 PM
Re: "Personal" office 365
Heck, MS imports the people from India through visas. I blame Windows 8 and that blue ribbon in Office on these imports which was reinforced by Ballmer's total lack of vision and reality. India has a pervasive wide spread poverty problem, it's over crowded, corruption on multiple levels and is a 3rd world country. Why in the world the tech companies think this is a hot spot for visionaries and high skills totally eludes me. You've got to wonder how America ever evolved to become the largest economy in the world with the highest standard of living and then founded all the Tech Giants without the help of these mythical lands overseas. If these people are so wonderful, you've got to ask why their country(s) is so backwards.
Gary_EL
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3/15/2014 | 2:42:44 PM
Re: "Personal" office 365
I'm with you, Bubbles. How, indeed, did America become America without the aid of India and China? What they offer is cheap labor fueled my desperation and poverty, and nothing else. As for Microsoft Office, how many different ways can you repaint and repackage the same old Vegematic and still find new customers for it on late night TV or online, as the case might be? I still use Office 2000, and if I occasionally have to convert a docx file to doc, it's easy enough to do so.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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3/16/2014 | 8:12:26 AM
Re: "Personal" office 365
Fully agree! If it is personal or home use you might as well use LibreOffice. Not only is it free, but it will also run without Internet connection. If you like it, donate a fraction of the annual MSO365 cost to the LibreOffice project and buy a USB drive to keep files mobile.

I yet have to see any reason to have an office suite on a tablet. Who will be writing documents using a soft keyboard that takes up half the screen? This "we gotta have Office on tablets" debate just shows how ridiculously stupid the entire mobile market is. What's next? Full blown MS Office on a smartphone with a 4" screen? Sure, we all will do our PowerPoint presentations that way....*rolleyes*
anon1908515192
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3/16/2014 | 1:50:30 PM
Re: "Personal" office 365
Wrong and wronger: Office 365 is a good deal at $6/month and will become even better for personal use once MS meets Google cloud price of $2/month  2) MS/Office is near useless on mobile devices and EXCEL and Word Apps must be completely redesigned for mobile devices like iPads and iPhones.

Contrary to the ignorati who use the BYOD expitive to characterize the devices carried by the future enterprise leadership. People who carry those devices have been supporting top management 24/7 for five years and have become aware that Office Apps are user unfriently.
BubblesGump
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3/15/2014 | 12:26:48 PM
MS Office 365
MS has got to be kidding. I, and most people/companies I know, have NO intention of using the "cloud". Apparently MS is not considering the vast differences in internet speeds (download and upload) across various geographic areas which can make dealing with a remote server farm tedious. Additionally, by running Office locally, I am not subject to connectivity issues or needs. My laptop is truely mobile in that it is a stand-a-lone device. Of course there is that persistent concern about privacy, security, accessibility and reliability. The "cloud" is nothing more than a regression to the old "time share" days. But it's being hyped as the best thing since slice bread.

Over the years, Office has been upgraded infrequently and even less so when it comes to monthly updates. So Gates can get off the "tuneup" rhetoric. Really, how much more needs to change/be added when it comes to spreadsheets, word processors, presentation graphics and database software? That "blue ribbon" was the biggest change and was certainly unnecessary and unwelcomed. I'm not going to play games with MS any longer. Windows 8.x is a disaster and MS needs to step up and move on. Leave Office alone unless you are truely bringing value to the users.

I have NO intention of providing the Tech Giants with new monthly revenue streams. If Office truely needs tweaked on that frequent a basis, then it's time to look at alternatives.
Greenleaf
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3/15/2014 | 12:31:54 PM
Microsoft hides behind Linux for protection
Microsoft has employed Akamai's Linux-based servers to protect its Microsoft.com Web site and reduce the site's vulnerability to viruses, worms and denial of service attacks.

That said, if all products which are available on Windows were available on a more secure OS then IT managers will move to Linux.
Madhava verma dantuluri
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3/16/2014 | 6:09:23 AM
Sad
Very sad that XP is going off.
salb4
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salb4,
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3/16/2014 | 1:12:33 PM
Google docs
I don't trust MS, they might pull the rug out from under me again. like they did with XP.  So , it is google docs. and Kingsoft office free for me
anon1908515192
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anon1908515192,
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3/16/2014 | 1:54:47 PM
Re: Google docs
Fear not. The wisdom of Bill Gates once again governs MS engineering. No way the difference between business and personal use of computers will continue to be ignored.
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3/17/2014 | 7:04:31 PM
Re: Google docs
@Salb... I don't understand how you can say MS pulled the rug out from under you with XP. How long do you expect MS to support an OS? 98 wasn't supported forever. Yes XP doesn't compare with 98 but the premise is the same. All companies drop support eventually. Windows 7 is a good alternative if you don't want to go to 8.

As for 365, I think your pretty safe with that. MS seems to have done something right with Office 365.


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