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    Deal of the Day?

    My brother just forwarded this to me and I jumped.

    FYI: MS Office 2010 PRO $279
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    My brother uses Open Office for $000
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    My brother just forwarded this to me and I jumped.

    FYI: MS Office 2010 PRO $279
    Depending on your situation you may be interested in Technet standard subscription. The standard subscription is $199 USD with a $149 USD renewal after the first year. You get access to an impressive array of software. See the help tab for more information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    Depending on your situation you may be interested in Technet standard subscription.
    This part confuses me (footnote 1): "Software is licensed for evaluation purposes only—not for use in production environments." Does that mean we can't use the included versions of Office for real work? Are they serious?

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    Yes, on both counts.
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    In the UK, we have www.software4students.co.uk, who sell academic licensed software at huge discounts.

    You must purchase on behalf of a student or pupil at a UK school or college and the normal academic use restrictions apply (no commercial use etc).

    If this fits with a family need to use MS Office for school work for example, massive discounts can be achieved e.g. Office Pro Plus for less than £38 compared to £430 retail. Lots of other goodies too.

    Once again, to stress: academic non-commercial use only.

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    We have the same in the US. Check with the school where you qualify. My wife works for a University and the discounts are available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jscher2000 View Post
    This part confuses me (footnote 1): "Software is licensed for evaluation purposes only—not for use in production environments." Does that mean we can't use the included versions of Office for real work? Are they serious?
    Yes, but that is routinely ignored by individuals who subscribe.

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    Many of those Academic versions of software escape from academia and make it to computer shows and flea markets.
    (Word Perfect, MS Office, etc.)
    Just sayin' , (definitely NOT advocating illegal usage) I've seen plenty of them for sale Cheap, at computer shows.

    I have one elderly customer who got around the high price for a Word Processor by just using "WordPad". It does almost everything you'd ever need, except spell check. I understand there are stand alone spell checkers that can handle that little chore.
    I have one for O.E. to use on computer that don't have "Word" on them.
    O.E. normally uses the spell checker in Word.

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    Just thought I'd update y'all. I received my Full Retail Version of Office 2010 Professional via FedEx today as advertised. I installed it using the custom settings and told it to keep my Office 2003 in tact. worked like a charm. I added the 2010 icons to my Start Menu and Outlook 2010 to the Task bar. I was surprised that Outlook picked up all 6 of my email accounts and even recognized my outlook.pst file on the G: drive. Piece-o-cake!

    Update: Well maybe I spoke too soon. When ever I switch between versions of Access or Word I get a Configuring screen in 2010 and an Installing dialog box in 2003. They will eventually load but what's up with this. It does NOT happen in Excel!

    Update2: Apparently MS knows about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    When ever I switch between versions of Access or Word I get a Configuring screen in 2010 and an Installing dialog box in 2003.
    For comparison, I installed Office 2003 Pro in XP Mode (Win7x64Pro). The Office 2003 apps run quite slowly in this mode. Not sure it is the best trade-off.

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    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned SoftMaker Office 2010. The suite comes with alternatives to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (I've never used this last one). I've been using Softmaker Office for a while now, and I'm very pleased with it. I had started with SoftMaker Office 2008, which I was able to get for free when they came out with SO 2010. I was pleased with 2008, but I decided to upgrade to the 2010 version because it could handle .docx files. The upgrade price was very reasonable, and along with a limited-time additional discount, I got it for less than $30. The regular price right now is $79.95 or €69.95. If you qualify for an academic discount, the price drops to $ 34.95/€ 29.95. Version 2012 is currently in beta. I once tried Open Office very briefly but found it rather clunky. That was several years ago, and it may well have improved, but I've never regretted buying SoftMaker Office. I don't even have MS Office on my current computers, and I haven't missed it.

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    MS Office has something that cannot be beaten - programmability. I couldn't use anything else. It's great to be able to open and send emails from Access, do stuff on Excel files from .net apps, etc. No competitive package can do better. Of course, this may not mean much to many users, but it is invaluable for me. A 3 PC license for Office Home & Student is around 99 €. I think that is pretty reasonable.

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    There have been past threads on SoftMaker Office, and it's relabeled cousin Ashampoo Office. But the Lounge's search feature doesn't always turn things up on the first try...

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    Yes, apparently Ashampoo Office is SoftMaker Office's relabeled cousin, but in my experience the two companies are really quite different. AShampoo continually bombards you with email urging you to buy their products. Some of their products are quite good (I use the free version of their Burning Studio 2010 a lot and am very happy with it), but I think they shoot themselves in the foot with their excessive email offers. SoftMaker Office does not engage in such tactics. If anyone is thinking of buying SoftMaker Office, I'd strongly advise buying it from SoftMaker rather than from Ashampoo unless you're feeling lonely and would welcome lots of email.

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