What Office 2013's Draconian Licensing Policy Really Means For You
Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:20 PM
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:15 PM
Out of the first 5 comments ahead of mine, one supports the new policy. I don't see a mass of blind sheep except the iDiots who get defensive (and offensive, in both sense of the word) the moment their lover--a fruity company--is mentioned, or even when it is not.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:50 PM
lol, pot meet kettle.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:11 PM
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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:45 PM
It's time to meet the "real" world, Microsoft.
Between LibreOffice 4.0 which is:
1. Absolutely free.
2. I would guess at least 98% MS compatible.
3. Can be amazingly customized using Firefox Personas.
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4. Has some really fantastic add-ons.
The fact that I have a copy of MS Office 2007 that I can always use just in case I need to be absolutely sure something is 100% compatible.
Who needs the over-pricing/over-regulation game you're trying to play with this latest version of Office?
I sure don't!
Not to mention your new MS Word 2013 white document background on white or light colored application background produces a major eyestrain if you try to use it for a length of time - 20 mins. +
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:34 PM
I highly recommend LibreOffice. When Sun took over OpenOffice, they pretty much killed development on it and new versions all but stopped. The original developers, miffed by Sun's abandonment of their work, took the code (it's open source, after all), and began development on LibreOffice. I moved to OpenOffice the instant it could natively open (if not save) WordPerfect files (which I had been using until it became too tied to printers and kept crashing). When Sun stopped development on it, I limped along until I found LibreOffice and have been using that ever since.
It's stable, works very well across most platforms and, best of all, absolutely free.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:05 PM
I am one of them Apple "haters" by the way.
Microsoft's UEFI strategies in combination with this licensing rape are beginning to shape into a rip off scheme. Haven't they stacked enough billions in their private accounts already? "Piracy" is just an excuse.
Imagine Ubuntu and other distros went commercial and were no longer free. It's is a question of time. The future doesn't look so bright anymore.
I have been trying to install Ubuntu on my recently purchased laptop. Secure boot is an issue. It is a question of time for various interested parties to find a hack for it and therefore render irrelevant the whole idea. But it does prevent me from installing the OS and software of my choice. Is Microsoft really worried about my security? Or are they simply making it difficult for me to avoid using their products? Me thinks the latter is the true motivation. Anyway, I think I will be buying another laptop (poss, from Acer) that comes with Ubuntu pre-installed. To be honest, I only use Windows for Steam games and some e-Learning soft. The rest can be done on Linux. And if they try to kill Linux through making file formats less compatible and covertly causing all sorts of other nasties, I will switch back, but years from now (hopefully). By this time, things may change (e.g. Microsoft will go bust) for the better. THat's my plan.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:29 PM
Responding to myself:
This is probable, esp. if/when they have a large body of users making it lucrative. It's the same old plan - offer something for free, build clientele, make it commercial.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:13 PM
Was wondering if you are a home user? I deal with home users a lot and I cam not see them justifying spending $100 a yr in perpetuity just to use Office. A product that they would be lucky if they use 10% of the features once a month if they are lucky.
I will be recommending to people Libre Office unless they they are can justify to themselves to spending $100 a yr forever. Personally I can not see suggesting Office 2013 Home & Student retail version any further.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:19 PM
And by "fuss" you mean people sharing their views and feelings on the topic in this thread? Hmmm ... interesting.