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    Purchasing Excel and Word

    Students I teach in a senior center computer class have asked where they can purchase Excel and Word 2007, 2010, or 2013 for the best price. They are trying to build their computer skills to get back into the job market.

    What are their options so they can start learning.

    Thanks in advance,
    Richard Spring

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    Richard,

    I would have them give serious consideration to an Office 365 subscription. They'll always have the latest version and at a very reasonable price. If it's just them the Personal version or the Home version if they have family members who also want the software. The link above compares the plans and shows costs. The nice thing is they can do it monthly (if they just want it for the duration of your course or unitl they land a job).

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    There isn't much in usability between Office and the free LibreOffice. If they get the hang of LO they will be fine with Office.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
    There isn't much in usability between Office and the free LibreOffice. If they get the hang of LO they will be fine with Office.

    cheers, Paul
    I think a word is missing, probably should be "There isn't much difference in usability between Office and LibreOffice". I put LibreOffice on all my computers and also have on some of my clients' machines. My 'niche' is working with older folks.

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    There are organizations which sell academic software -- that is, the real thing at a cheaper price. Do a search for "educational software" to get a list.

    They might be able to pick up older versions of MS Office (e.g. Office 2007) on Ebay at a good price. Beware of pirated software.

    Finally, they might be able to get Office for free from Microsoft -- https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/educ...e/default.aspx

    Check this out: https://products.office.com/en-US/st...on?tab=schools

    One month free trial from Microsoft: https://products.office.com/en-us/try

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    "Difference" was implied, don't you speak English over there?

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, if your location is 'Earth', where's 'over there' for you?

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    It's a relative term.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    pick up older versions of MS Office (e.g. Office 2007) on Ebay
    Brief rider on that: don't go for older than 2007, since working with the ribbon introduced in 2007 is much easier for newbies, and is also likely to be more in demand in the job market.

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