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Microsoft on Tuesday announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium for both Mac and PC, ushering in what the company called a "reinvention" of its flagship productivity suite with a new subscription-based plan offering access on up to five devices.

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Office 365 Home Premium includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications, and they can be installed on up to five devices including Macs, PCs, and Windows tablets.

Users can access Office 365 for $99.99 per year, which works out to $8.34 per month. Microsoft plans to deliver new features and services to the cloud first, making them available to subscribers as soon as they are ready, rather than employing the company's previous three-year wait period for major new software releases.

"Today's launch of Office 365 Home Premium marks the next big step in Microsoft's transformation to a devices and services business," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "This is so much more than just another release of Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits."

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Office 365 Home Premium is available in 162 markets and in 21 languages. It includes the following:
  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and Office on Demand available from any Internet-connected PC
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology

More information and a free 30-day trial are available from Microsoft at office.com.

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Also available on Tuesday is Office 365 University for college or university students, faculty and staff. It's available for $79.99 for a four-year subscription, which works out to $1.67 per month.

Finally, Microsoft also launched updated versions of its traditional Office suite: Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business 2013, and Office Professional 2013. The company also plans to launch Office 365 for businesses on Feb. 27.

Still rumored to be in the works is a version of Microsoft's Office suite for iOS devices. Microsoft's own website has referenced mobile versions of Office for iPad and iPhone, but the software is not yet available.
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No thanks.  I'll wait for the next native version of Office:Mac.  2011 works great for me.  

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"five devices" ? Where did they get that idea from ?

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You have to be a very sad person to use office in 2013, unless you have a very specific use for it.
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Thankfully, pages and keynote meet all my office needs!

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Does anyone really care about this overpriced crap?

I really hope this isn't going to be the only version of Office on iOS when it arrives. If its not a genuine iOS app, then I bet it will fail.

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You have to be a very sad person to use office in 2013, unless you have a very specific use for it.

 

Yes, if you've seen the interface of Office 2013 for Windows it looks horrible. It reminds be of a Windows 95 application. 

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What's the meaning of the 365? Oh goodness it doesn't mean that you have access to it 365 days a year? Do they change the name during leap years?

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Does anyone really care about this overpriced crap?

I really hope this isn't going to be the only version of Office on iOS when it arrives. If its not a genuine iOS app, then I bet it will fail.

People at university usually have Windows for free, and that's the only people that i know that update their shitty OS legally. All others go to piratebay.

 

Office? that's cute. We do not have office for free (looks like the msdna program is much cheaper that way) so everyone that i know who has a recent (2007+) MSoffice suite "bought it" on piratebay. Usually, I do not aprove that behaviour (i do not have pirated software on my mac at all), but it's a great way to "punish" stupid teachers/universities that demand something on proprietary format. It's "their" fault, they are the ones responsible for the culture of piracy that was created.

 

It's time for them to realize that they can't demand us to use MS sh*t anymore... they just can't.

 

Thank god that people only ask for pdfs these days, and when we need to work on autocad or visual studio whe get the choice to get everything we need for free.

Give us choice, and we will choose well. But demanding us to pay something (a lot) because the stupid person in question wants docx file? There's no way.

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

 

Give us choice, and we will choose well. But demanding us to pay something (a lot) because the stupid person in question wants docx file? There's no way.

 

 

LibreOffice can do everything Microsoft Office does, for free (edit : and legally), you know (including .docx files)


Edited by umrk_lab - 1/29/13 at 7:22am
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Free free free.. The fact that you have "buy" software on piratebay proves you still use this software and if you use something that you did not make yourself it probably belongs to someone else. Justifying theft is lame. Sure M$ Office is more than most people can use and priced to high for today's market but there are plenty of other options out there and many are open source and "free". A fair amount of labor and skill goes into building software and those that create it should be compensated for their efforts. Try working for "free" and see how well that works out for you. If you want to complain about something notice how M$ and Adobe are moving to a subscription based business now. The days of buying an app once and using it until you decided to invest more money into it for an upgrade may soon be over. That to me is an alarming change in the tech business and no doubt it was a response to all of you that "buy" at pirate bay.
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You do realize that Office 2013 is only for Windows. Office 365 is the cloud-based, pay me constantly version, for Macs. Universities and enterprise/government installations don't get Office for free, not by a long shot. It's paid for either up front or through Microsoft's service contract, which is very costly. It just looks like these people aren't paying for it but they are (in tuition costs and by our taxes).

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Being a long-time Mac user, I find MS Office extremely frustrating to use. It's so awkward, counter-intuitive and buggy, I dont' understand how people put up with it. Most of the time I just use Pages and export to .pdf for my co-workers. Life is too short to struggle with bad software.

 

Paying $100 every year to torture myself with this piece of sh.t seems like a ridiculous proposition. I'd rather give up on Office altogether than subscribe.

 

What are they smoking in Redmond these days..

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What's the meaning of the 365? Oh goodness it doesn't mean that you have access to it 365 days a year? Do they change the name during leap years?


It actually stops working on February 29th.

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LibreOffice can do everything Microsoft Office does, for free, you know (including .docx files)

That's not the point. Right now, nobody needs msoffice, because LibreOffice does that, even if it isn't perfect at converting Docx files (MSoffice isn't perfect at that too, lol). However, people should use Libreoffice because they like and because they want to use it, not because they must find a way to convert their documents to proprietary formats. That makes Libreoffice a shitty non-wanted product, not a first tier product.

 

I pay for my studies, so universities should allow me/us to use the necessary software because we already gave our money to them. And they should choose their software very well. Microsoft office? No one in their right mind is going to use word or powerpoint on anything related to engineering and they are bloated pieces of trash that cost 100 euros for a cripple student license. Why not open source alternatives that do the same thing?

 

If they ask for a paper, why not Pdf or open source format? They seriously believe that someone that can barely pay their studies will buy a legit copy of Office? They seriusly believe that someone is going to buy a full licence that costs 400 euros so they can use Acess or OneNote for a semester? What can you do with 400 dolars? They are the ones that most find alternatives, they make people steal, and that's wrong.

 

Thank god that at my faculty (engineering. The others under the same university are still using this BS) people are starting to have common sense, we already have a beta app for android, we have our own ubuntu distro, computers loaded with the necessary software and no one asks us for a paper on docx/ppt/xls format. I can even use my mac to go to the MSdna software center and download windows (previously i needed windows to download windows), visual studio, I also have yearly licenses for autocad(mac versions), etc.

 

If they tried to "force" me to use something without it being for free (remember, i pay 1000euros each year on a public unniversity), i would go to piratebay just like everybody else does. With 0 remorse, hoping everyone did the same thing, so things change.

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Another Hail Marry from Balmer....he'll try a yearly version of Windows as well - to get customers to just pay them constantly (instead of for large product updates) is his dream.  

 

$100 a year just to use Office....right Balmer, keep on trying.

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Being a long-time Mac user, I find MS Office extremely frustrating to use. It's so awkward, counter-intuitive and buggy, I dont' understand how people put up with it. Most of the time I just use Pages and export to .pdf for my co-workers. Life is too short to struggle with bad software.

 

Paying $100 every year to torture myself with this piece of sh.t seems like a ridiculous proposition. I'd rather give up on Office altogether than subscribe.

 

What are they smoking in Redmond these days..


I like MS Office 2011. However, I like Office 2010 on Windows better. I'm far more productive (keyboard shortcuts and navigation) with work using Windows 7 and Office 2010. Mac is fine for home use.

 

Sadly, software does not feel snappy on Mac as it does on Windows. Finder is slow and buggy. It's probably because OS X is old and creaky underneath.

 

Overall prefer Mac, but Windows has Apple beat in a lot of areas with Windows 7 (let's not talk about Windows 8 - fail).

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Originally Posted by johnnyb0731 View Post

What's the meaning of the 365? Oh goodness it doesn't mean that you have access to it 365 days a year? Do they change the name during leap years?

You have to pay for it 365 days a year.

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$99 a year??? Who are they kidding with that price? No thanks...
 

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Being a long-time Mac user, I find MS Office extremely frustrating to use. It's so awkward, counter-intuitive and buggy, I dont' understand how people put up with it. Most of the time I just use Pages and export to .pdf for my co-workers. Life is too short to struggle with bad software.

 

Paying $100 every year to torture myself with this piece of sh.t seems like a ridiculous proposition. I'd rather give up on Office altogether than subscribe.

 

What are they smoking in Redmond these days..


I uses Pages for some things, but prefer MS Office on Windows and Mac depending on what I'm doing. If I'm playing with spreadsheets, Office 2010 for Windows is better, although Office 2011 Mac is neat and efficient in other ways.

 

Microsoft does make good software. Not perfect, but neither is Apple.

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Originally Posted by pedromartins View Post

You have to be a very sad person to use office in 2013, unless you have a very specific use for it.

 

Office 2011 allows me to run a Mac-only household.  I need Word 100% compatibility for work, and Excel really has no equal (including all of the open source alternatives).

 

Don't assume that Office doesn't have value for anyone, just because you don't like it or prefer not to use it.

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post #22 of 76

The $99/year seems high to get updates in an application that seems to have fewer and fewer improvements each year.

I would have liked to see it rolled out in the App Store, but c'est la vie.

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I uses Pages for some things, but prefer MS Office on Windows and Mac depending on what I'm doing. If I'm playing with spreadsheets, Office 2010 for Windows is better, although Office 2011 Mac is neat and efficient in other ways.

 

Microsoft does make good software. Not perfect, but neither is Apple.

I agree.  I love Office, personally.  I got Office for OSX for free through my university, and it works great.  It's not really a bad price when you consider that you're getting 7 programs.  Actually cheaper than the Apple equivalents (~$14 per program vs ~$19 per for Apple). 

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That's not the point. Right now, nobody needs msoffice, because LibreOffice does that, even if it isn't perfect at converting Docx files (MSoffice isn't perfect at that too, lol). However, people should use Libreoffice because they like and because they want to use it, not because they must find a way to convert their documents to proprietary formats. That makes Libreoffice a shitty non-wanted product, not a first tier product.

 

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I have trouble to follow your logic, except that for some personal reason you feel entitled not to pay MS for getting Office.

 

Although I hate MS, I have to say I cannot support you on this.

 

LibreOffice is indeed not very appealing in terms of User interface, just because if is inspired from Microsoft Office, in that respect. In addition to provide cross platform exchange (through Microsoft formats), it minimizes retraining needs for people (just like me) who have been forced to use Microsoft Office in their entire professional life (at least during the portion of it where Office existed). (this explains why I hate MS so much)

 

I am grateful to all developers who contributed to LibreOffice development, and I consider this product can be useful (at least it is for me). At least I prefer to take this legal path to avoid paying Microsoft an admittedly insane price.


Edited by umrk_lab - 1/29/13 at 8:01am
post #25 of 76
And this pricing plan is supposed to benefit the end user how? Oh yeah - it's not.

The move to software rental by M$ is completely the opposite direction Apple has moved with making ownership affordable and easy. No wonder they are getting thumped.
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So MS reinvented Google Docs except their brilliant addition to it is they are going to charge a hundred bucks a year?

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So MS reinvented Google Docs except their brilliant addition to it is they are going to charge a hundred bucks a year?

 

Google charges Google App $5 to $10 per user per month.  It is no longer free for new users.

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Now they completely lost their minds. $100 per year !!!!!

I used to upgrade every 4 years  (before I switched to Pages/Numbers). That equals to $400!!! 1oyvey.gif

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People at university usually have Windows for free, and that's the only people that i know that update their shitty OS legally. All others go to piratebay.

 

Office? that's cute. We do not have office for free (looks like the msdna program is much cheaper that way) so everyone that i know who has a recent (2007+) MSoffice suite "bought it" on piratebay. Usually, I do not aprove that behaviour (i do not have pirated software on my mac at all), but it's a great way to "punish" stupid teachers/universities that demand something on proprietary format. It's "their" fault, they are the ones responsible for the culture of piracy that was created.

 

It's time for them to realize that they can't demand us to use MS sh*t anymore... they just can't.

 

Thank god that people only ask for pdfs these days, and when we need to work on autocad or visual studio whe get the choice to get everything we need for free.

Give us choice, and we will choose well. But demanding us to pay something (a lot) because the stupid person in question wants docx file? There's no way.

 

Please attach a printout of this post to your resume.  It will save potential employers a LOT of time,  Thanks :)

post #30 of 76
Can someone clarify this for me?

"Office 2011" is the latest version for Mac, and "Office 2013" is the latest version for Windows.

But "Office 365" is not actually a product per-se, but actually a 5-license subscription for both products with a couple of extra features thrown in.
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It actually stops working on February 29th.

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Once you get past kiddie school into the professional ranks you may be shocked to discover many are now using MultiMarkDown and LaTeX and ignoring Microsoft altogether for processing text.

Entire books are now being written on an iPad using MarkDown, very impressive!

Some younger students are now switching to MarkDown as it works perfectly on the iPhone and iPad and not to mention the fragmented array of Android products. An hour or so of learning MarkDown can be liberate you from Microsoft and Microsoft Word for the rest of your life!
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People at university usually have Windows for free, and that's the only people that i know that update their shitty OS legally. All others go to piratebay.

 

Office? that's cute. We do not have office for free (looks like the msdna program is much cheaper that way) so everyone that i know who has a recent (2007+) MSoffice suite "bought it" on piratebay. Usually, I do not aprove that behaviour (i do not have pirated software on my mac at all), but it's a great way to "punish" stupid teachers/universities that demand something on proprietary format. It's "their" fault, they are the ones responsible for the culture of piracy that was created.

 

It's time for them to realize that they can't demand us to use MS sh*t anymore... they just can't.

 

Thank god that people only ask for pdfs these days, and when we need to work on autocad or visual studio whe get the choice to get everything we need for free.

Give us choice, and we will choose well. But demanding us to pay something (a lot) because the stupid person in question wants docx file? There's no way.


Open Office will save to that format, but I agree with the stupidity of forcing a proprietary commercial format unless it's absolutely necessary. PDFs would seem more logical.

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Office 2011 allows me to run a Mac-only household.  I need Word 100% compatibility for work, and Excel really has no equal (including all of the open source alternatives).

 

Don't assume that Office doesn't have value for anyone, just because you don't like it or prefer not to use it.

Office isn't for you, then.

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I have trouble to follow your logic, except that for some personal reason you feel entitled not to pay MS for getting Office.

 

Although I hate MS, I have to say I cannot support you on this.

 

LibreOffice is indeed not very appealing in terms of User interface, just because if is inspired from Microsoft Office, in that respect. In addition to provide cross platform exchange (through Microsoft formats), it minimizes retraining needs for people (just like me) who have been forced to use Microsoft Office in their entire professional life (at least during the portion of it where Office existed). (this explains why I hate MS so much)

 

I am grateful to all developers who contributed to LibreOffice development, and I consider this product can be useful (at least it is for me). At least I prefer to take this legal path to avoid paying Microsoft an admittedly insane price.

My logic is simple. I pay year after year just to be on a public university. I should have the right to use "all" the programs that are necessary until i have my masters.

 

We learn Visual Studio, so we have a copy of windows (so we are free to buy a pc or a mac) and a copy of visual studio. We need autocad? We have a one year license for it. That's how it is and how it should be, allways. That's the deal.

 

Some teacher (while having a class) thinks that we should do a few calculations and Excel is the right tool? Fine, we have office installed at our university computers.

 

But imagine this... Some teacher sends us heavely formatted pptx/docx that break when they are open with open or libreoffice, and demands we do some homework on docx or ppt for presentation. What is the right thing to do? Is it right that hundreds of people (some can barely afford education and we already payed 1000 euros to study there) go and buy MSoffice copies just because that teacher doesn't know what a pdf or open source is? No one will buy it, no one and no one should. It's an stupid idea made by stupid people.

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People at university usually have Windows for free, and that's the only people that i know that update their shitty OS legally. 

 

 

Not free. Microsoft blackmailed many universities to pay a per user license fee or face contributory infringement lawsuits. So the student through a technology fee is covering the Windows license. For instance, the University of Michigan will give you a hard copy of Office for like $10, which the University figures is the cost to give you a copy of the software. 

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"five devices" ? Where did they get that idea from ?

Probably someone like Steve Ballmer... "We can port Windows to FIVE devices!"

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"Today's launch of Office 365 Home Premium marks the next big step in Microsoft's transformation to a devices and services business," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "This is so much more than just another release of Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service with all the full-featured Office applications people know and love, together with impressive new cloud and social benefits."

 

Hmmm... must be some hardware plans in there somewhere...  other than Surface, XBox...

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post #39 of 76

I don't understand the comments against Office.

 

Office is THE global standard.  Office will be around after Apple is gone.  That is a fact!

 

I am an AAPL fan and stockholder to this day!  But, as somebody "with a job," MS Office is part of how the adult world collaborates and communicates.

 

No, LibreOffice is not even close to compatible enough to be worth its free price.  

 

This MS pricing scheme is stupid, though.  Just buy the software.  It is worth $300 or whatever it costs.  Office has helped a million businesses and government offices run better.  Yes, it takes skills to use.  So does Photoshop.  That doesn't mean you throw away the primary tool of so many professions.

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Office is THE global standard.  Office will be around after Apple is gone.  That is a fact!

 

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Office is indestructible ! Office will stay there until the end of times !

 

 

 

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