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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 4/22/2008 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.

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