An age-old complaint

in Mac Software edited January 2014

I downloaded (on dialup (!)) the demo version of Office v.X last night. I've never used Word before, and love it. It kicks Appleworks in the behind!

But WHY WHY WHY does it have to cost four hundred freaking dollars? They sell the whole Office suite for $500!

I have no need at all for the other 3 apps! I would pay $150 for Word in a heartbeat, and that would still be more than suite value, right?

I know M$ has always pulled stuff like this, but it's never directly affected/pissed me off before.

F*** you, Bill


[ 01-14-2002: Message edited by: jeffyboy ]</p>


  • Reply 1 of 24
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    That's exactly why I downloaded it from somewhere. Definately not worth the money, but I love it.
  • Reply 2 of 24
    Why does Microsoft charge so much?

    Because they can.

    That's what monopolies do. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />

    (I'm with EmAn on this one heh heh )
  • Reply 3 of 24
    bradbowerbradbower Posts: 1,068member
  • Reply 4 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Generally I fall on the side of anti-piracy, but in this case I say "Yo Ho Ho, and Aaaargh!"

    Free Office X for all!

  • Reply 5 of 24
    macaddictmacaddict Posts: 1,055member
    I know...Microsoft charges insane amounts for all of their software.

    A full version of Windows XP Home will set you back $199. The Pro version costs $299.

    Apple almost looks cheap after you've come from buying Microsoft apps...OS X is $129, most of the iApps are free, etc.
  • Reply 6 of 24
    Well, you can buy Word by itself. But it'll cost you 350 bucks.

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    Might as well get the whole thing.

    The upgrade goes for 150.

    Luckily for me, I got work to buy it.

  • Reply 7 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    I dunno, maybe I just need to give the Redmond ratfuc*s more time. I do seem to remember a somewhat affordable Word '98 version that was supposed to be "special" for iMacs and iBooks.

    Still, though, how can they face any judge with a straight face with bundeling "innovations" like this?

  • Reply 8 of 24
    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    What I don't understand is why they don't sell it for 199 or something around there?

    I think it's safe to say they would sell a ton more copies and also have a lot happier customer base and then I wouldn't mind paying another 150 or 200 to upgrade to the next version.

    the current way its 500 for the copy and 250 for an upgrade in the future
  • Reply 9 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    davechen-thanks for the heads up, but I still can't get past the math. $350x4= $1400. Office itself=$500.

    I'm sure M$'s point is "look at that great deal!"

    I'll just keep using Appleworks, which, I should point out is like, 6 applications for $70.

  • Reply 10 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Oh, and (no pun intended) One more thing: buying the whole damn thing is the ONLY way to get Entourage X! Thank you very fuc*ing much!

    I know this stuff isn't new news, but boy it's steaming me up today!

  • Reply 11 of 24
    Does anyone have a URL for the Office X demo? Any info would be appreciated.
  • Reply 12 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Rick-it's free for 30 days:

    <a href=""; target="_blank"></a>;

    &gt;grudgingly acknowledges coolness of free demo&lt;


    [ 01-14-2002: Message edited by: jeffyboy ]</p>
  • Reply 13 of 24
    [quote]Originally posted by tonton:

    <strong>As for me, I just went down to the world famous Golden Computer Centre in Sham Shui Po and got the full install CD for about US$15.

    I have no way of knowing whether it's legitimate or not.

    I would buy Office for US$200.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    That's hilarious! LMAO!
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  • Reply 15 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Hey, that's not so bad, BD! I'll have to ask around. It seems like there were a couple teachers that could still stand the sight of me!

    If I pull it off, maybe I'll put the other apps up on ebay, just for the principal of the thing.

  • Reply 16 of 24
    i don't know if it's the same in the US but in the UK the entire apple range is available at discount rates to full-time students. I will be buying a new iMac + MS Office in my younger brother's name and will save about £300 each on the hardware and software. Most posters seem quite young so you should be able to take advantage of this. Even the iPod is discounted.
  • Reply 17 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    Alas, the boy in jeffyboy is wishful thinking at this point. However, I have a relative who's an employee of the school here in town, so it's looking good!

    Thanks for the idea, BoffoDennis!

  • Reply 18 of 24
    gkgk Posts: 32member
    At our school we get the entire Office X suite for $70. At other, larger schools it might be even cheaper. Maybe you could just ask somebody at a local college campus to get it for you in the campus store .

    <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
  • Reply 20 of 24
    jeffyboyjeffyboy Posts: 1,055member
    I noticed that when I was shopping around, gelding, thanks. I've got it hooked up, it should ship in 1-3 days.

    GK, I'd probably have to drive 100+ miles to find a campus store that would carry Word X, but thanks for the suggestion, too.

    Gee, I should rant and rave about stuff more often, you guys are really helpful.

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