What Office 2013's Draconian Licensing Policy Really Means For You
Posted 20 February 2013 - 12:36 PM
Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:11 PM
The short answer is yes. I read an article some time ago about 99 cents apps being cracked and stolen from Apple's App Store.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:08 PM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:57 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:59 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:56 AM
Yeah, but that license says that you can't be using both at the same time. You can even install the one copy on a network, so long as the software is ONLY used on ONE computer at any given moment. I don't fault MS for that.
But I'm damned if I'll buy its software now, at any price, because it is so lame and unfriendly, with glare screens you cannot reconfigure well. Older versions allowed you to change ANYTHING, including what each menu dropdown showed, the names and gif icons, etc. You could design EVERYTHING the way you wanted it. That made it productive. Lots of add-ins made up for what Office 2003 and prior lacked, so you got what you needed, back then. Had MS gone back to that standard and then wanted an annual subscription fee from me, I'd gladly pay it.
As it stands, both 2013 and 365 are FAR WORSE for business usage than 2003 and prior, so no one upgrades, except under duress. Cloud storage can be had by anyone, don't need it integrated into Office. Cloud storage is an accident waiting to happen, anyway. So too, software that auto-updates. You need freedom to interact with it, in case there are glitches, so you know what to roll back. All that is gone, from MS now. So I'm gone from MS, now.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:43 AM
MS is a corporation and is entitled to make products and sell them for whatever price they want and make whatever money they can. There is nothing wrong with that. Go for it.
As a consumer I need to be smart enough to realize that what they are selling is entirely unnecessary (for the vast majority of users) as compared to my previous versions of Office.
99% of people don't need a fraction of what changed or was updated. Most of the time it is little more than appearance.
People just need to get a clue and stop wasting your money on these products when you don't really need them. If that happened then these companies would adjust what they do to more closely match people's purchasing behavior.
As long as there are people/consumers lined up to buy the newest latest greatest they will keep selling it and adjusting how they sell it to extract more and more money.
Stop blaming the companies for charging too much etc. Consumers are the ones with the money to decide what they buy. Even businesses...when their employees don't use a fraction of the features.
What happened to buyer beware? Maybe it needs to be updated to "Buyer get a freakin' clue"! in order to get peoples attention.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:33 PM
I've got to disagree here. It is certainly going to have an effect on piracy. It will INCREASE.
Posted Yesterday, 02:25 PM