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Subscription and ad-supported versions of Office applications in the cards

For many computer users around the world when they think of typing a letter or a research paper, the first thing they think of is Word from Microsoft’s Office suite. The problem for buyers of new computers is that the application typically doesn’t come with a new computer and Office costs in the area of $400 for some versions.

In light of the high price for software that many people simply don’t utilize completely, there are a number of open source alternatives taking some of Microsoft’s thunder away because they are free – applications like OpenOffice and Google Docs for example. Google Docs is especially becoming more interesting to users looking for a Microsoft Office alternative thanks to its recently added offline functionality.

To try and gain back some of what it perceives to be market loss, Microsoft is said to be looking at new business models for its Office applications. According to PC World, Microsoft is considering two new access methods for Office applications including a subscription based model and a free ad-supported version of Microsoft Works.

Exactly what the pricing would be on a subscription version of Microsoft Office is unknown, but as PC World points out it would have to be under $33 per month to remain competitive with the straight purchase option. Many would have a hard time stomaching a subscription-based model.

Microsoft is also reported to be pilot testing an ad-supported version of Microsoft Works that could be provided on new PCs at no change in exchange for having to put up with ads. How exactly the ads would be presented is unknown. Some sort of a quasi-unobtrusive permanent ad space like you see in some versions of the Eudora mail application might not be too bad.

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RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By Master Kenobi on 4/21/2008 6:15:21 PM , Rating: 2
Pirating Office 2007 is considerably harder than previous versions.

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By 306maxi on 4/21/2008 6:28:21 PM , Rating: 2
I think a lot of people will just continue to pirate 2003 or a previous version. I doubt most people will feel they're missing out by not having the ribbon menu system and the other enhancements that come along with 2007.

I take it you've got Office 2007? If so what do you think of it? Do you think it's worth paying for over 2003? I personally think it is.

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By Master Kenobi on 4/22/2008 10:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
I think 2007 was absolutely worth every dime. I went and jumped on the Professional version to boot. Here's some features I like.

-1 Million Rows in Excel (The finance people at my company are drooling over this already)
-Native PDF support (Once you grab the free update on the office website, *F U Adobe*)
-Better OLE support for embedding objects
-Access forms are much nicer when giving out databases to people to use.
-New XML Based Format uses smaller file sizes over existing *.DOC/etc... (This comes in handy)
-Powerpoint looks much snazzier when doing meetings and what not (A real winner when trying to entertain a bunch of Director's or higher for an hour or so on something they have no understanding about)
-More but I have a meeting to run to and don't have time to flesh it out further.

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By ImSpartacus on 4/23/2008 6:33:33 AM , Rating: 2
My dad would like the million rows in excel (Is it actually a million?). He runs out all the time with his shipping database things.

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By Master Kenobi on 4/23/2008 7:54:41 AM , Rating: 2
More rows and columns, and other new limits
To enable you to explore massive amounts of data in worksheets, Office Excel 2007 supports up to 1 million rows and 16 thousand columns per worksheet. Specifically, the Office Excel 2007 grid is 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns, which provides you with 1,500% more rows and 6,300% more columns than you had available in Microsoft Office Excel 2003. For those of you who are curious, columns now end at XFD instead of IV.

Instead of 4 thousand types of formatting, you can now use an unlimited number in the same workbook, and the number of cell references per cell are increased from 8 thousand to limited by available memory.

To improve the performance of Excel, memory management has been increased from 1 GB of memory in Microsoft Office Excel 2003 to 2 GB in Office Excel 2007.

You will also experience faster calculations in large, formula-intensive worksheets because Office Excel 2007 supports multiple processors and multithreaded chipsets.

Office Excel 2007 also supports up to 16 million colors.

By ImSpartacus on 4/23/2008 7:33:52 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, that is really odd.

You know any cheat codes that unlock those last 930 000 rows?

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By ImSpartacus on 4/23/2008 6:48:59 AM , Rating: 2
I just checked and Excel 2007 is still bound by 2 to the 16th power (65536) lines down and 2 to the 8th power across (IV).

By Master Kenobi on 4/23/2008 7:53:28 AM , Rating: 2
I just checked and Excel 2007 is still bound by 2 to the 16th power (65536) lines down and 2 to the 8th power across (IV).

Suggest you recheck your information then.

By omnicronx on 4/21/2008 7:29:04 PM , Rating: 2
Pirating Office 2007 is considerably harder than previous versions.
That is until you do a torrent search on any major torrent site. I downloaded it and tried it out before I got the student edition.

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By Screwballl on 4/21/2008 7:49:01 PM , Rating: 1
whats the point of pirating it? OpenOffice (OOo) is free so there is no need to pirate it. It works better and is stable compared to any release of MSO that I have ever used. I have used pretty much every version since 97 and every single one has crashed on me and many of my customers on a regular basis... yet OpenOffice has not once crashed in any of these cases.
The only people I see spending money on MSO are the ones that really like to waste money. There is nothing MSO can do that OOo can't. Wow, pretty ribbons, MSO may be prettier now but does not have any extended functionality above OOo... anything anyone says is a MSO only option can be done in OOo.

By ImSpartacus on 4/21/2008 8:48:48 PM , Rating: 2
What about putting custom links into the left side of the Open/Save window? I constantly use a flashdrive and I absolutely love having a giant button right there by desktop and My Documents for me to simply click and be done with it.

This isn't huge, but it's the little things that count. The learning curve was also troublesome for me (but that is my problem).

By nitrous9200 on 4/21/2008 10:23:54 PM , Rating: 3
While OpenOffice covers most of the bases in terms of features and functionality, it's still not quite there. There's plenty of things Office does that OO can't, and Office has a much nicer and easier to use GUI, something that I appreciate a lot (one reason I like Vista compared to XP). And OpenOffice has crashed on me the same number of times, or more, than Office. OO is great to load on a system to give it a good suite of programs for free, but it's still not Office.

By mdbrotha03 on 4/21/2008 11:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
The only people I see spending money on MSO are the ones that really like to waste money.

Or those in the US Army that can buy the Ultimate version for 20 bucks.

By FITCamaro on 4/22/2008 7:24:59 AM , Rating: 3
Open Office is nowhere near as good as MS Office. I use it on a spare PC that I just want the ability to open Office documents with. Other than that, no.

Besides, I paid $20 for my copy of Office 2007 through a program at work. Many professionals have this option through their company.

Then there's also the Student edition. Microsoft was even offering the ultra mega version of Office with all the business stuff for like $70. I believe that promotion is still going on. You just have to have a .edu email address to get it.

By ImSpartacus on 4/21/2008 8:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
It is not difficult. I think all of us are familiar with torrents and Office 2007 is not spared.

I honestly think a free version of Office with ads would nearly kill piracy of it. Granted, there will always be jerks that feel the need to spite MS, but many people would use an ad supported version of Office versus pirating it if it were released.

RE: Ad support Office would be wonderful
By JonnyBlaze on 4/21/2008 10:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not really.

Some you don't even need to enter a serial number.

By ImSpartacus on 4/21/2008 10:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
Lol, yeah you do, many installers just do it for you. But it's easy none the less.

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