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Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest 241

snydeq writes "Microsoft's release of Office 2013 represents the latest in a series of makeover moves, this time aimed at shifting use of its bedrock productivity suite to the cloud. Early hands-on testing suggests Office 2013 is the 'best Office yet,' bringing excellent cloud features and pay-as-you-go pricing to Office. But Microsoft's new vision for remaining nimble in the cloud era comes with some questions, such as what happens when your subscription expires, not to mention some gray areas around inevitable employee use of Office 2013 Home Premium in business settings." Zordak points to coverage of the new Office model at CNN Money, and says "More interesting than the article itself is the comments. The article closes by asking 'Will you [pay up]?' The consensus in the comments is a resounding 'NO,' with frequent mentions of the suitability of OpenOffice for home productivity." Also at SlashCloud.
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Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest

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  • In the end... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Sprouticus ( 1503545 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @01:48PM (#42728533)

    Microsoft would be best served by making it free or nearly free for home use and subscription for business use. It is the same model they use for AV, and it works fairly well. Enterprise businesses need Enterprise level support and tools, they will pay because they have no choice.

    Sure, you will probably lose some small businesses, but they were not going to upgrade anyway.

    This way Office stays the defacto productivity suite, new users (kids) use it at home by default, and businesses have to either retrain every user on a new suite, or pay for office (hint, most will pay for office, no one likes being retrained).

  • No thanks. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Kenja ( 541830 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @01:49PM (#42728547)
    Even if I felt the need for a new version of Office, i will be avoiding cloud apps just as I did in the 90s when they where first tried. Frankly, there is big enough problem with applications (games for the most part) requiring an internet connect already without putting the whole thing out there. Even if we ignore the security issues, I dont want to have to be online inorder to work on a document.
  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @01:49PM (#42728553)

    What about HIPPA or other similar regulatory limitations on who can see your documents?

    Seems like those would kill this sort of move just as dead.

  • Bought it yesterday (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @01:50PM (#42728573)

    Still leaps and bounds better than most everything else out there. Haven't had time to do everything in it but it's just so much easier to work with than OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Glad I get a discount through work though, cause I don't think I would pony up $100+

  • by goombah99 ( 560566 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @01:57PM (#42728675)

    Heck why not just meter it. You can pay per document saved or minutes of use. That way if I can have all my legacy documents stored and available on any computer and I just pay when I open them up to edit them. No seats just copies attached to credit cards accounts. No one time big payment.

    then when you get sent an MS word document you can edit it (for a price). Viewing could be free.

    This way you would not need an internet connection to pay (though that could be one way). Instead a security conscious company could buy a hundred thousand thousand one-time codes that you would enter every time you wanted to save a document. You dole these out internally. Sure people could cheat but they can do that now with cracked licensees if they really want to. Significant Bussinesses won't cheat.

    The whole concept here is like a terminator crop from monsanto where you do all the work raising the seed but it won't grow unless you pay Monsanto for the magic chemical it has been engineered to need. In this case you do the install and maintenance on your computer everything is local and under your control but you pay for a code when you want to save a new document.

    What matters then is the cost. Suppose the cost to buy it was $300, the cost to subscibe was $150 and the cost to meter it was 50 cents per document save. Which would appeal to you?

  • by bogie ( 31020 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @01:58PM (#42728683) Journal

    "Only one person at a time may use the software on each licensed computer or licensed device. The service/software may not be used for commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating activities."

    So if your kids want to use Word to make a Lemonade Stand sign so they can sell Lemonade for .05 a cup on the front lawn? Ilegal!

    Even worse your kids want to help out with Hurricane Sandy relief by making signs and posting them around the neighborhood telling people how they can help their local non-profit? Illegal!

    Or I guess you can't even print up an Ad that you plan on hanging in the local supermarket saying you have a couch for sale?

    Btw you wanna bet MS themselves hosts templates designed specifically for these activities?

    It's time we hold these companies accountable for the crap they shove in the TOS. What Microsoft is doing is BS and they need to be called on it. Feel free to email Microsoft and tell them that you wanted to buy Office 2013 but because their TOS make both you and your children criminals, you went with Openoffice etc instead.

  • by cryptizard ( 2629853 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @02:23PM (#42729103)
    Nice McCarthyism there. I know, its an easy way to avoid thinking and responding intelligently, you can't just accuse people of being shills because you don't agree with them.

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