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Old 07-02-2008, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. will begin selling its Office programs to consumers on a subscription basis starting mid-July, in a bid to reach thrifty PC buyers who would otherwise pass on productivity software.

The software bundle, which also includes Microsoft's Live OneCare computer
security software, will be sold at nearly 700 Circuit City stores for $70 per year.

Microsoft to sell Office, OneCare for $70 a year
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Considering Onecare alone is $50... Not a bad idea/
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:56 PM
 
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openoffice.org is free and it has worked fine for all my powerpoints, word documents, and foxit for PDF files.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: orlando, fl
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openoffice.org is free and it has worked fine for all my powerpoints, word documents, and foxit for PDF files.
open office is great and meets the needsd of many users. MS office has some additional functionality, but most home users don't need it and would save a lot of money by going with open office instead.
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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open office is great and meets the needsd of many users. MS office has some additional functionality, but most home users don't need it and would save a lot of money by going with open office instead.
Agreed. Most home users will do just fine on OpenOffice, just like most people would be just fine with Linux. However, not everyone wants to switch over, and so Microsoft still has a huge marketshare.
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Cicero, NY
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Agreed. Most home users will do just fine on OpenOffice, just like most people would be just fine with Linux. However, not everyone wants to switch over, and so Microsoft still has a huge marketshare.

Because most consumers are afraid of change and having to learn something new
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:14 AM
 
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Truly thrifty buyers won't rent software for $70 a year. There isn't much that Office 2007 does that Office 2003 or 2000 or even 97 do as far as the home user is concerned. The thrifty user is going to keep using the productivity software that they already have, or they'll use OpenOffice.

And if consumers are afraid of change, they really aren't going to like Office 2007. I think it's great, but there is a bit of a learning curve.
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