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GraceisGood posted 12/18/2013 11:01 AM

Ok, I need to get all the new Office/Publisher/powerpoint, etc. So I go looking online and I see what I want is about $400 for one computer. Then I see this subscription where I would get all I want for up to 5 computers for $100 a year. This is new to me.

Anyone here do/use this? It also has cloud, and extra storage.

Pros??? Cons???

Sounds too good to be true to me

Grace

spond posted 12/18/2013 11:09 AM

Only thing to remember is that this is a 1 year subscription. So every year, you will need to renew. With that said, your going to have access to the newest versions of the Office suite.

A question back at you, Do you NEED Publisher?

At Live.com, you can create and modify Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents for free (smaller set of features)

GraceisGood posted 12/18/2013 11:19 AM

Do you NEED Publisher?

Publisher is what I am most familiar with. My H and I do have our own business and I think I would use it to make our own marketing materials, etc, but not sure if it would be enough to justify the expense or not.

I have not really used office/publisher for nearly 10 years, and perhaps what I would use publisher for could be done another route? But when I first started using Microsoft I did most everything in publisher, it was what seemed to click for me and I could produce just about anything with it for us and others. So it just feels "comfortable" to have it again.

I am going back to school so will need office, etc, and figured why not treat myself to publisher? but honestly I have no idea what they all contain anymore, I am kind of flying blind here.

I get that I would have to renew each year, and if the renewal stays around the $100 mark, then I don't see it as too bad, but if it doubles or what not, then I guess I would have to buy the full version and hope that what I had prior would merge in with that.

Grace

spond posted 12/18/2013 11:19 AM

Then it's business expense and a tax write-off. Buy it

spond posted 12/18/2013 11:24 AM

I am going back to school so will need office, etc, and figured why not treat myself to publisher? but honestly I have no idea what they all contain anymore, I am kind of flying blind here.

One more note... depending on what school you go to, some have software agreements with Microsoft and others. Where you could get Office for personal/scholl use for cheap.

[This message edited by spond at 11:25 AM, December 18th (Wednesday)]

GabyBaby posted 12/18/2013 11:27 AM

depending on what school you go to, some have software agreements with Microsoft and others. Where you could get Office for personal/scholl use for cheap.
This. When I was in grad school, I was able to buy the latest version of Microsoft Office for $50.

ascian posted 12/18/2013 11:35 AM

Though it should be noted that most schools are moving to providing the Office 365 (online subscription) rather than the older standalone program.

For most of my personal document writing and spreadsheeting I've been using the tools built in to Google Drive. They're not as good as the offline Office (though they're close to on-par with the online version) and they're free.

I'd check with your school, though, to see which one they prefer. Of the four higher ed places I've worked or know people working, two are using the Google stuff and two are using Office for their students.

GraceisGood posted 12/18/2013 11:49 AM

Thanks for the info guys :)

Yep, I am early in the school process still, they did say I will need all the office stuff, but I did not think to ask about student discount, It has been WAY too long since I was in the academic world, and when I was in it I was not super aware

two are using the Google stuff and two are using Office for their students.

Yep, I am getting old, I wish there were just one thing to learn and keep up with LOL, but it is not so.

Grace

Fireball72 posted 12/18/2013 12:35 PM

If you can get the academic version, it's well worth it. I'm in grad school and was able to purchase Office 365 for 100 dollars for a 4-year subscription (longer than I'll even need it).

It's not much enhanced from the 2010 version, but the SkyDrive feature is VERY, very helpful - I can put my assignments in the cloud and they're there any time and anywhere I am.

I say go for it. It's worth the expense.

sisoon posted 12/18/2013 15:23 PM

Try this:

OpenOffice is free and pretty intuitive and it creates MS files that are very compatible with MS software. No Publisher, though.

http://www.pricewatch.com/price/software_business/office_professional - I have no affiliation with pricewatch or any of the vendors. Office 2007 Pro for about $150.

I dislike 2007 and hate 2013, but couldn't find any 2010....

Here are MS's terms for a student license: http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-us/terms.aspx.

Click through from SI to amazon and search.

Or search the whole web - an example: O-Pro 2010, $109 w/student discount here: http://www.academicsoftwaredeals.com/product/microsoft-office-professional-plus-2010/ - again, I have no affiliation with the vendor

Fireball72 posted 12/19/2013 13:52 PM

The only bad thing about OpenOffice is that sometimes some features aren't compatible with MS Office products. Case in point - I had a huge graphical presentation that I had to make for work, so I made it with OpenOffice's version of Powerpoint (I think it's called Impress). I embedded sound into the file, tested it, it sounded great. Until I went to work that morning and tried to run it in Powerpoint - no sound whatsoever. I was in a complete panic and if it hadn't been for my notes at the bottom of the slides, I would have been SUNK. As it was, my presentation would have gone over MUCH better if the sound had been on it.

Turns out that this is one of many "known issues" with OpenOffice. Lesson learned - I'll give up the money and get the actual product.

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