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‪CompuClever Ultra Office : Word, Spreadsheet, Slide & PDF Compatible - Free @ Microsoft store
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Just to be clear, this is NOT a free version of Microsoft Office, it's a competitor like LibreOffice (as mentioned above). This was developed by CompuClever Systems Inc.
Edited by: "ned_ryerson" 9th Dec 2019
Pretty disengenius to call this a "Microsoft" deal. Nothing to do with them other than being in the windows store.

This is simply a rebadged libre office, trying to up in the rankings in the hope someone will be stupid enough to pay money for it.

Use proper libre office, or pay for proper Microsoft office. So this.
Edited by: "MrAlbert" 9th Dec 2019
It looks very similar to free and open source Open Office/Libre Office.
Edited by: "PizzaCake" 9th Dec 2019
Libre Office works very well for typical documents and spreadsheets.
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It looks very similar to free and open source Open Office/Libre Office.
Edited by: "PizzaCake" 9th Dec 2019
Is this always free? I see it says "3 days left"

I'm a residential and small business IT consultant and when I go to residential customers who couldn't justify the price of full Microsoft Office, I always suggest either Open Office, Libre Office or Kingsoft Office, however nobody ever seems to be that comfortable with them.

If this is always free it would be a nice alternative to suggest and probably closer to what they are used to.
I have installed this and to a point its quite good, but if you are used to office it will throw you because stuff in a slightly different place or called something else, once you have seen it a few times it gets easier to use
kebabthief09/12/2019 18:28

Is this always free? I see it says "3 days left"I'm a residential and …Is this always free? I see it says "3 days left"I'm a residential and small business IT consultant and when I go to residential customers who couldn't justify the price of full Microsoft Office, I always suggest either Open Office, Libre Office or Kingsoft Office, however nobody ever seems to be that comfortable with them.If this is always free it would be a nice alternative to suggest and probably closer to what they are used to.


Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP scheme? Of course it depends on the size of the organisation but its always worth a try
Do I need to have office installed already? I'm using libre atm
Libre Office works very well for typical documents and spreadsheets.
thx op, just installed this for my new lappy, first time i have had a genuine office copy!

in word/help/about it says it uses code from libre office.
leitchyleck09/12/2019 18:49

thx op, just installed this for my new lappy, first time i have had a …thx op, just installed this for my new lappy, first time i have had a genuine office copy!in word/help/about it says it uses code from libre office.


Auric_Goldfinger09/12/2019 18:40

Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP …Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP scheme? Of course it depends on the size of the organisation but its always worth a try


I live quite rural and most of my residential customers are either self employed, retired or work for a local small business. I do always find out, but no-one that I've needed to provide this particular solution for has worked for a large enough company for that. But thanks, it's definitely worth keeping in mind to enquire who their employer is.
it claims to be worth £41, if you go to windows store search for ultra office there are other free software, one claiming to be
£83
Auric_Goldfinger09/12/2019 18:40

Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP …Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP scheme? Of course it depends on the size of the organisation but its always worth a try


Open University students also get access to MS Office (and a ‘.ac.uk’ email address) now - they introduced this about year ago now (literally just before I did my last assessment, having used OpenOffice for 3 years lol).
Just to be clear, this is NOT a free version of Microsoft Office, it's a competitor like LibreOffice (as mentioned above). This was developed by CompuClever Systems Inc.
Edited by: "ned_ryerson" 9th Dec 2019
Guessing they are trying to confuse the issue by using the Microsoft logo!
Auric_Goldfinger09/12/2019 18:40

Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP …Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP scheme?



The HUP program has changed, its no longer office for a tenner as it used to be now it’s just a reduction on Office O365.

And as you said it depends on the employers agreement with Microsoft, more and more employers choose not to pay the extra to give their staff free/reduced office at home.
kebabthief09/12/2019 18:52

I live quite rural and most of my residential customers are either self …I live quite rural and most of my residential customers are either self employed, retired or work for a local small business. I do always find out, but no-one that I've needed to provide this particular solution for has worked for a large enough company for that. But thanks, it's definitely worth keeping in mind to enquire who their employer is.


Fair enough, that makes sense. You should point them in the direction of HUKD if all else fails ha ha!
gavin109/12/2019 19:10

The HUP program has changed, its no longer office for a tenner as it used …The HUP program has changed, its no longer office for a tenner as it used to be now it’s just a reduction on Office O365. And as you said it depends on the employers agreement with Microsoft, more and more employers choose not to pay the extra to give their staff free/reduced office at home.


I had an option for either earlier this year. I suppose it was inevitable that it would go south eventually
I write for a living and get by just fine with Open Office. I downloaded this anyway and, after a cursory play about, I’ll likely stick with Open Office. Great for free, I just doubt it has value in the first place.
Fergmeister09/12/2019 18:56

Open University students also get access to MS Office (and a ‘.ac.uk’ ema …Open University students also get access to MS Office (and a ‘.ac.uk’ email address) now - they introduced this about year ago now (literally just before I did my last assessment, having used OpenOffice for 3 years lol).


Good point. At least youve lived to tell the tale
It's identical to Libre Office in every detail.
Google Docs for me
Auric_Goldfinger09/12/2019 19:17

Fair enough, that makes sense. You should point them in the direction of …Fair enough, that makes sense. You should point them in the direction of HUKD if all else fails ha ha!


That would be rather silly of me and eat up all of my mark up on products like home plugs, memory upgrades, cables, external hard drives etc.
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Oh Christ this sounds like MS Works V2.0, the most frustrating piece of software ever if you used Office at work. Shouting at the screen ‘where’s the xxx function, why doesn’t it have yyyy’. After 30 years getting my excel skills to ‘legend’ status My work is change to Google Docs & it sucks
Looks interesting this. Will have to download it in work and try it. I work in libraries and although we get MS Office at a discounted rate, we sometimes use open office on some of our equipment
SClub09/12/2019 19:51

Google Docs for me


Me too all the functionality i'd ever use added with the awesome google collaboration (sharing docs with friends and family) plus its accessibly anytime from any device all for free
SClub09/12/2019 19:51

Google Docs for me


Same here but getting our users to move from
Microsoft to google is so painful! Templates, macros, linked documents etc
Pretty disengenius to call this a "Microsoft" deal. Nothing to do with them other than being in the windows store.

This is simply a rebadged libre office, trying to up in the rankings in the hope someone will be stupid enough to pay money for it.

Use proper libre office, or pay for proper Microsoft office. So this.
Edited by: "MrAlbert" 9th Dec 2019
FunsizeR09/12/2019 21:39

Same here but getting our users to move fromMicrosoft to google is so …Same here but getting our users to move fromMicrosoft to google is so painful! Templates, macros, linked documents etc


Yes it's certainly not for everyone, particularly where lots of legacy templates and macros are relied upon. But for most personal users I'd say it's ideal
These free office suites are pretty good for home users, students, or in professional settings where it is used as the sole office suite (i.e. where Microsoft Office is not used).

But if you have work between MS Office and one of these free suites, the hassle is honestly not worth it IMO. As a professional I personally experienced the compatibility/formatting issues and subsequent productivity loss in having to go back and forth between using MS Office and a free suite - and the significant annoyance in dealing with it.

Personally, I would (grudgingly) pay for MS Office over a free suite for professional use.
Thanks OP
Taken from: "compuclever.com/pro…te/"

"Ultra Office Suite 3.0 now offers a Free Trial version and a Limited Trial version. The Free Trial version allows you to try all features of the App for 3 days. After 3 days, the print and export to PDF features will be locked (this is the Limited Trial Version) until you purchase a Full version license."

No Heat!!!
Fergmeister09/12/2019 18:56

Open University students also get access to MS Office (and a ‘.ac.uk’ ema …Open University students also get access to MS Office (and a ‘.ac.uk’ email address) now - they introduced this about year ago now (literally just before I did my last assessment, having used OpenOffice for 3 years lol).


Does signing up to free open university course not give you access to ac.uk email?
elbs09/12/2019 22:02

Personally, I would (grudgingly) pay for MS Office over a free suite for …Personally, I would (grudgingly) pay for MS Office over a free suite for professional use.


I buy O365. You can usually get it for £40-50 if you wait (Usually a bundle of o365 and an AV product from Argos, last one was £39.99 for 6 people / one year) and that covers up to 6 people. You can stack up to 3 or 5 (cant remember which) years at a time, so I stock up when its on offer.

O365 gives you 1TB of OneDrive for each users (so 6TB in total if you use all the licences) , and as we use it on 3 PCs that means it's around £14 each for the storage, compare that to Google Drive and Google is £25 for 200MB or £80 for 2TB of storage.

If you look at it that way then the price is relativly cheap for what you get, for me its more cheap storage with "proper" office apps and 60 minutes Skype out calls thrown in for free.
MrAlbert09/12/2019 21:47

Pretty disengenius to call this a "Microsoft" deal. Nothing to do with …Pretty disengenius to call this a "Microsoft" deal. Nothing to do with them other than being in the windows store.This is simply a rebadged libre office, trying to up in the rankings in the hope someone will be stupid enough to pay money for it.Use proper libre office, or pay for proper Microsoft office. So this.


Pretty what?
Thanks bought and downloaded
Auric_Goldfinger09/12/2019 18:40

Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP …Do you ever advise to check with their employer under the Microsoft HUP scheme? Of course it depends on the size of the organisation but its always worth a try



Unfortunately the HUP scheme only offers a reduced annual membership for Office 365 now.
My employer is in the scheme and I was hoping to get Office 2019 cheap, alas no more.
Anyone have anything they recommend as an alternative to Adobe acrobat professional. I don't mind paying but don't want to do the subscription model that adobe uses.
seems only for win 10 not 7 or earlier OS
j41sal10/12/2019 11:58

seems only for win 10 not 7 or earlier OS



In all likelihood it will probably work fine, W7 goes end of life in less than 30 days so its not surprising Microsoft are trying very hard to pretend it no longer exists...
Erudite10/12/2019 08:07

Pretty what?


Disingenuous. Sorry for the spelling mistake, although surprised you couldn't tell what I meant.
bob_regis10/12/2019 10:16

Anyone have anything they recommend as an alternative to Adobe acrobat …Anyone have anything they recommend as an alternative to Adobe acrobat professional. I don't mind paying but don't want to do the subscription model that adobe uses.



What do you want to do?

I don't think Adobe offer any of their "Professional" software now as a one of purchase, although the "elements" range can still be bought as a one off purchase. Subscription is just the way software is going, Microsoft are selling Office 2019 as a perpetual license but I suspect that will stop in the next iteration. These companies know they have the industry standard software and it will be hard for people to move to alternatives.

Many Apps can write PDF's now, and there are other PDF editors out there. However much like Office, Acrobat Pro is what the majority of the business world will use, so you may be forced to use it if the people you collaborate with do.
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