Microsoft Reveals Office 2013 And Office 365 Pricing
Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:51 PM
What? My Office 2010 license allows me to install it on one desktop and one portable machine. I find that invaluable, since I work on documents, spreadsheets, and Access databases on both my desktop and my laptop.
If MS expects me to buy 2 licenses in order to continue to be able to do that, they are delusional. I will not upgrade. I suspect many other people will feel the same way.
Why is MS shooting itself in the foot like this?
Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:10 PM
My Office 2010 license allows me to install it on one desktop and one portable PC. No way I'm going to lose that ability by going with this upgrade.
And on the subscription side, while it does get around that limitation:
"the family will automatically get any updates or product upgrades because those are managed and installed on the backend by Microsoft."
Upgrades may be one thing, I'm not sure. We'll see. But updates are automatically included with locally-owned versions of Office. So this may not be a compelling argument.
I will likely wait this upgrade off until I see how the public reacts to this new pricing model. Besides, few of my client have yet upgraded to Office 2010. They will unlikely upgrade to Office 2013 until they see how the pricing and the software itself works out.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:26 PM
I count 5. Kitchen computer, moms, dads, daughters computers, and dads tablet...
Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:51 AM
Don't get me wrong, I've been using Office since Office 95 (yikes, nearly 20 years!) and until my entire organization switches over, I will need 100% compatibility for business purposes. That said, I feel M$ is screwing people over with the retail license tied to a single PC for life (I've never had a primary PC survive seven years) and business users get an even worse deal.
I predict this will backfire on M$ in the end. Businesses will probably stick with older Office versions (as they tend to do anyway, but will for longer) and more consumers will drift over to the mostly-compatible free office suites, resulting in little positive impact on M$'s revenue stream. I also predict that the multi-PC licenses of Office 2010 will suddenly become more popular while they can still be had. If I were a business owner I'd probably be doing anything except licensing Office 2013. For my private use, I'll be sticking with Office 2010 (since I've already paid for it) as long as it is feasible.