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If you buy £39.99 or more of select hardware / software at Amazon you can pick up a 3 pack of MS Office Student & Home Edition for only £39.99.

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#1
I wanted to vote cold due to the fact you can download Openoffice 3 for free, which is completely Microsoft compatible and is the equilalent of Office proffessional at over £500.

However, if you are mad and "have" to use MS, then this isn't a bad deal so didn't vote either way:roll:

I still cannot believe people still pay for MS Office when Openoffice is around.

(For those that don't know, Openoffice was created by guys that used to work for Microsoft and designed MS Office. They then left and designed Openoffice for people to use free instead. Try it first as you have nothing to lose;-) )

If you still prefer paying for office, then there's always this deal:thumbsup:
#2
Open Office does not support MS Office 2007 file format. This is why people need to use it. I personally don't like the ribbon of 2007 (and IE7), so I use MS Office 2003 and Firefox and I will stick with those. Btw, I tried Open Office but encountered too many incompatibilities at default settings and it is also very slow compared to MS Office 2003.
#3
pet2000
Open Office does not support MS Office 2007 file format. This is why people need to use it. I personally don't like the ribbon of 2007 (and IE7), so I use MS Office 2003 and Firefox and I will stick with those. Btw, I tried Open Office but encountered too many incompatibilities at default settings and it is also very slow compared to MS Office 2003.


Depends on the version of Openoffice.

I have the recent Openoffice 3 and that DOES support MS Office 2007. As for the other issues you report, i've never encountered any of them.

But as previously mentioned, if people are happy with MS Office and think it's worth the money they ask, then it isn't an issue:thumbsup:
#4
Waterboy8535


(For those that don't know, Openoffice was created by guys that used to work for Microsoft and designed MS Office. They then left and designed Openoffice for people to use free instead. Try it first as you have nothing to lose;-) )

If you still prefer paying for office, then there's always this deal:thumbsup:


Wrong. Openoffice was not "created" by ex-Microsoft employees. It was a continuation of Starwriter for OS/2, a German word processor for said operating system, which I got bundled with my very first computer from the now defunct Escom. Starwriter bloated out with a spreadsheet and other bits and pieces until it crawled like a drunken hippo. Picked up Windows and eventually Linux. It only became free when StarDivision chucked in the towel and open sourced it.

It's still too buggy, incompatible and slow to be compared with Microsoft Office for serious work. If all you want to do is write the occasional letter, then Wordpad is more than enough IMHO.
#5
spraint
Wrong. Openoffice was not "created" by ex-Microsoft employees. It was a continuation of Starwriter for OS/2, a German word processor for said operating system,

It's still too buggy, incompatible and slow to be compared with Microsoft Office for serious work. If all you want to do is write the occasional letter, then Wordpad is more than enough IMHO.


I stand corrected, teaches me to listen to other people rather than read up. This is from Openoffices site:

"StarDivision, the original author of the StarOffice suite of software, was founded in Germany in the mid-1980s. It was acquired by Sun Microsystems during the summer of 1999 and StarOffice 5.2 was released in June of 2000. Future versions of StarOffice software, beginning with 6.0, have been built using the OpenOffice.org source, APIs, file formats, and reference implementation. Sun continues to sponsor development on OpenOffice.org and is the primary contributor of code to OpenOffice.org. CollabNet hosts the website infrastructure for development of the product and helps manage the project"

But i'm not saying it's not without faults, but then the whole point is that the latest version seems as compatible with MS as it could get and that it's FREE.

There's no harm in trying it out first, then if it isn't to someones taste they can go spend money on something else. Is that so wrong?
#6
Should the price not be £79.98 as that is the minimum spend? Also, although this is £60 off, they specifically state that if you want to buy it, there is an identical item at £59.97, so only a £20 saving.
#7
Just remember this is only for those who qualify under Micro$oft's T&C's.

Although I haven't checked the T&Cs recently, they are approximately along the lines of being in full time education (either as a teacher, pupil) or the parent of a pupi), although many will qualify obviously, probably appropriate to check first.
#8
Waterboy8535

But i'm not saying it's not without faults, but then the whole point is that the latest version seems as compatible with MS as it could get and that it's FREE.

There's no harm in trying it out first, then if it isn't to someones taste they can go spend money on something else. Is that so wrong?


I hear "compatible" so often. Just try it with anything but the simplest of spreadsheets and then spend ages reformatting everything. I never got the supposed VBA support to understand any embedded Excel macros. Besides, Oo.org's spreadsheet still only has 65,000 rows, which sounds plenty but really isn't if you need to deal with month's worth of retail data, say. MS Excel 2007 gives you a million rows. That alone is worth the dosh.

I'm not the biggest MS fan, either, since I prefer Macs these days, but Excel is still by far the best spreadsheet in town. Word is as ghastly as ever; forever repaginating and slowing your machine to a crawl.

shilohpyte
Just remember this is only for those who qualify under Micro$oft's T&C's.

Although I haven't checked the T&Cs recently, they are approximately along the lines of being in full time education (either as a teacher, pupil) or the parent of a pupi), although many will qualify obviously, probably appropriate to check first.


HOME and Student. You don't have to be in education or be related to someone who is. It is for non-commercial use only, but who is going to police that?
#9
spraint
I hear "compatible" so often. Just try it with anything but the simplest of spreadsheets and then spend ages reformatting everything. I never got the supposed VBA support to understand any embedded Excel macros. Besides, Oo.org's spreadsheet still only has 65,000 rows, which sounds plenty but really isn't if you need to deal with month's worth of retail data, say. MS Excel 2007 gives you a million rows. That alone is worth the dosh.

I'm not the biggest MS fan, either, since I prefer Macs these days, but Excel is still by far the best spreadsheet in town. Word is as ghastly as ever; forever repaginating and slowing your machine to a crawl.


I'm not arguing with you. I agree that MS Excel remains the industry standard and is the best out there. But if you're running a business, you'll tend not to be buying this basic home and student version. If you're just using Office programs for a bit of cataloging, spreadsheeting,bill paying, student slide shows, letter and essay writing etc though, i'm just letting people know that there's decent free options out there that they can try first to see if they really need to pay for something they can do fine without:thumbsup:
#10
shilohpyte
Just remember this is only for those who qualify under Micro$oft's T&C's.

Although I haven't checked the T&Cs recently, they are approximately along the lines of being in full time education (either as a teacher, pupil) or the parent of a pupi), although many will qualify obviously, probably appropriate to check first.

They have relaxed it for this version - basically this is a non-commercial licence.

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