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The big trick Microsoft and the big companies play nowadays is to either pre-install a 'trial' or '30/60 day' version of Office 2007 (and now the just released Office 2010) software to tie you in and make you buy the expensive software. They try and lessen the blow by offering £70-£150 range software for the 'Home' and 'Student' users, but it is still money.

Here's five options, with full reviews for equivalent software you can download and use for free. The article has links to all 5 sites. Between them you can get almost everything done that any person can need, save it in any format and strike a blow for free, open-source software. I believe you can buy them on CD too for less than £10 usually if you don't want to download, but please check.

I have used Open Office regularly for many things..

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#1
Open source software is always has been and will be free, hence the name open source. I have no idea why you think itwould be a deal, when it has always been there freely available.
#2
You'd be surprised how many people just buy that by putting in credit card details as they don't know otherwise. As I said, laptops and PC's come pre-installed with trial version to entice/lure them.

But hey ho, it is not my deal to give away, I thought I was highlighting to a larger audience that there are options and they are free. I am willing to bet anything a lot of the audience does not know or hasn't heard of any of the 5 options.
#3
Haven't heard of or used before but need an Excel style program and word document program on my laptop will try these, thanks so much
#4
Cold. It's good for people who can't afford MS Office, but none of the solutions are nearly as good.
#5
Sometimes I wonder at the point of this site?
Someone has voted cold to this as it's not as good as MS office and for those who can't afford Office...surely with this being in the freebies section we know it's a cheap alternative I thought you vote on the quality of the saving and value for money and not on your opinion of the product?
I very very rarely use these products and when I do will be pleased to not have forked out 70-120 for them...if anyone can suggest better value for this type of product then please enlighten me.
thanks
#6
luketemple
Sometimes I wonder at the point of this site?
Someone has voted cold to this as it's not as good as MS office and for those who can't afford Office...surely with this being in the freebies section we know it's a cheap alternative I thought you vote on the quality of the saving and value for money and not on your opinion of the product?
I very very rarely use these products and when I do will be pleased to not have forked out 70-120 for them...if anyone can suggest better value for this type of product then please enlighten me.
thanks

You'd hope - but you'd be wrong. All websites that ask people to vote topics up/down turn into a popularity contest. Most votes are "drive-bys" where the vast majority of voters see a keyword in the title and just click depending on their prejudices, usually without even reading the description.

However, in this case a COLD might be justified as the title tacitly says that these Open ---- programs are substitutes for MS Office. To be blunt, that's only true from a tick-box standpoint. They offer some of the same functions and features that basic users want - but are parodies of the "proper" versions for anything even slightly advanced. Even what they do have is nowhere near as well implemented, integrated, documented, laid out or easy to use. Just like a garden shed compares with a house: roof? tick, walls? tick, floor? tick, door? tick ... OpenOffice has cost me (in wasted time) far more money than MS Office's full price version.
#7
pete_l
You'd hope - but you'd be wrong. All websites that ask people to vote topics up/down turn into a popularity contest. Most votes are "drive-bys" where the vast majority of voters see a keyword in the title and just click depending on their prejudices, usually without even reading the description.

However, in this case a COLD might be justified as the title tacitly says that these Open ---- programs are substitutes for MS Office. To be blunt, that's only true from a tick-box standpoint. They offer some of the same functions and features, but are nowhere near as well implemented, integrated, documented, laid out or easy to use. Just like a garden shed compares with a house: roof? tick, walls? tick, floor? tick, door? tick ... OpenOffice has cost me (in wasted time) far more money than MS Office's full price version.


Except, I would assume that 80% of the population probably can get by using basic Excel like qualities and Word like qualities offered by Open Office? Surely that holds good, I have seen the features are nowhere near as good as Office, which takes billions to research and develop, but for free if you can type up letters, documents, homework, do your home budgets, keep expenses etc?

Still, you are right, it is up to people to vote.

I posted this in freebies, not in deals, so I think it should count. The software is free, it is an alternative to expensive software that is bought by millions around the world - I thought it was a deal.

:-)
#8
Fatal Exception
Cold. It's good for people who can't afford MS Office, but none of the solutions are nearly as good.

Fantastic for people like me who cannot afford to pay for something that I very rarely use heat added
#9
"First-time poster of a deal, so please be gentle!"

Fat chance of that, if you post on a subject as controversial as open-source software.

I no longer work for an employer (who felt obliged to purchase lots of bloated software for bloated prices because, mindlessly, he thought he had to). Now I purchase some expensive software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking and HighCriteria's Total Recorder Pro) when I absolutely need it and know of no open-source equivalent. But when it comes to word and data processing, number crunching, desktop publishing, webpage production and, for me, graphics and animation (I am a big fan of GIMP), I look to open-source software. I love the support I get on user forums, the excellent documentation and tutorials and the fact that I am encouraged to make positive contributions to the software's development. I've yet to be convinced by those who seem to have money to spare, to shell out my precious funds to Microsoft for software I don't need and don't want. (And I've yet to be convinced by Microsoft employees who haunt forums and websites like this!)

So why are people so intent on shooting down open-source advocates and insistent we should purchase software we consider, for ourselves, unnecessary and expensive? Apart from those that actually work for Microsoft, I reckon it is resentment. They take umbrage that we are doing something for free that they have spent loads of money on. Maybe, if someone comes up with open-source software equivalents of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Total Recorder Pro, which I've paid a lot of money for, I might feel the same. But I hope I wouldn't. I hope I would be magnanimous enough to celebrate their achievements. And if I couldn't, I hope I would walk on by and not snipe and carp needlessly.

So welcome, newbie JustCricket, to this baptism of fire, and don't be discouraged! :thumbsup:
#10
The article only alludes to the free online Microsoft Office 2010 that is now available which is not as feature rich as the full suite but suitable for most things and probably on par with google docs.

http://office.live.com


from:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/694957/microsoft-office-web-apps-available
#11
janaltus
"First-time poster of a deal, so please be gentle!"

Fat chance of that, if you post on a subject as controversial as open-source software.

...

So welcome, newbie JustCricket, to this baptism of fire, and don't be discouraged! :thumbsup:


Couldn't agree more, with all you said, I suspect a few cold votes are likely to be from the subject heading that the OP has given to the thread. I wholeheartedly agree that people should vote on the deal and not on which products they prefer, but when the heading begins "Don't buy MS Office" then you're likely to get a few negative comments.

Personally, I use MS Office, it only cost about £40 from software4students and as it's what our kids (not to mention Mrs Mike and I) use at school, I'd rather pay for 100% compatibility than have unusually formatted documents go wrong when transferred from one pc to another.

That said, if it was just me, and I was not having to transfer sometimes complex files then I'd be more than happy to use OpenOffice and the like. So this is a great deal for some, and certainly well worth mentioning, just perhaps saying that it's great for some people rather than saying "don't buy MS Office" would have been a better approach.
#12
2 more free alternatives which open and save files in Microsoft Office formats, eg *.docx.

SoftMaker Office 2006 - Free download, equivalent apps to Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Can run from a memory stick.

http://www.softmakeroffice.com/

Abiword - Free download. Also portable, similar to Microsoft Word. Tiny 10 MB size.

http://www.abisource.com/download/
#13
Whats the big deal about it being open source? Its free so dosent that count as a 'Freebie'? or is ther esome written rule that open source cant be counted as free?

I niether like or use any of the open source alternatives because the Microsoft version is so much better. And so it should be with the amount development gone in to it. But for someone who cant aford the MS product this is a good solution so gets a hot in my opinion.

Welcome aboard Justcricket and dont le the sceptics put you off :thumbsup:
#14
Its not that I don't like this post, it's good to let people know about open source, it's a great community. However, where do we draw the line, I could post every open source variant across the whole internet, but that kinda defeats the object of freebies, being in most cases a limited deal which happens to free, but will not be free forever more, or something that has recently switched from paid to free. What would be the use in posting every free item than is well still and will be in the future, free. If you take it to an extreme I could even post in the freebie section, that there is an amazing deals website and its free to view, post, and get involved, must be a great deal right? It's HUKD if you didn't catch on ;)

Sorry to sound harsh as a first post to your first post mate, welcome to HUKD none the less :)
#15
urgh this again... quick somebody post linux as well

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