Saturday, February 16, 2013

Microsoft Office, Clearly Time to Replace It

The Problem:

Despite rampant price drops across the Software Industry, Microsoft wants to charge you more for Office. They are trying to force you into a subscription model.

Microsoft: Buy Office 365, Not Office 2013. Or You'll Be Sorry

Why Office 365 and Office 2013 may not be right for you

Big changes in Office 2013 and Office 365 test Microsoft customers' loyalty

Microsoft ties Office 2013 to a single PC

Four reasons you don't need the new Microsoft Office






No matter what you might think at the moment...

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE MICROSOFT OFFICE.
There are viable alternatives available.





The Solutions:


Cloud:


Google Docs: the collaboration features are fantastic. Take a look at this video and this one on sharing/collaboration.


Desktop:


LibreOffice is the most popular alternative to Microsoft Office. It is free, you don't have to pay anything to use this. It works on Windows, MacOS and Linux.

LibreOffice 4.0: First Take

LibreOffice 4: A new, better open-source office suite

LibreOffice 4.0 New Features and Fixes

You may also wish to check out: AbiWordGnumeric, OpenOfficeCalligraKingsoft

If you have needs that are more like desktop publishing you might want to check out Scribus.





Helpful Article for what to do/not do when switching from Office:

Triumph and disaster: Two migrations to OpenOffice


Microsoft attempting to sow Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt about leaving Office:


Microsoft won't release study that challenged success of Munich's Linux migration




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