11-09-2014 07:36 AM
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  1. neo158's Avatar
    what benefit does a person gain from subscribing, to an office suite?


    there is a slew of free suites available. .. I figured they would catch more wrath than Microsoft their own products?
    Constant updates to the latest versions of the Office programs, at least on x86 and x64 based versions of Windows and MacOS.
    11-07-2014 11:52 AM
  2. tgp's Avatar
    what benefit does a person gain from subscribing, to an office suite?


    there is a slew of free suites available. .. I figured they would catch more wrath than Microsoft their own products?
    Constant updates to the latest versions of the Office programs, at least on x86 and x64 based versions of Windows and MacOS.
    That's one advantage. Another one is that you can install Office on multiple computers, depending on the version of Office 365 you're subscribed to. In my case, my total cost over a 3 year period will be around $200, and I have Office installed on 3 computers, plus I will get Office 2016 (or whatever the next version will be called) when it's released, at no extra charge. And that's not even mentioning OneDrive storage, Lync, and Skype credit.
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    11-07-2014 12:03 PM
  3. Cleavitt76's Avatar
    The problem is that Office on Windows Phone has barely changed since WP7.0 and we're now on WP8.1.1 and in that entire time its had one update and it's still exactly the same. This leaves me with little hope for the version on Windows 10. However, at least it's still a "hub".
    I know. I get that. Office on Windows Phone is falling behind now. However, keep in mind that for most of the time that Office was "barely changing" on WP, it was not available at all on other mobile platforms. Hopefully MS is just waiting for the next opportunity (OS update) to update Office on Windows Phone rather than ignoring office on WP. I guess we will know one way or another when W10 is released.
    11-07-2014 01:03 PM
  4. Tom Snyder's Avatar
    I can create new documents on my L920 and my Icon. Open up Office, swipe to recent, hit the plus at the bottom.
    Thanks,
    Right after I posted I started looking at the settings and found what you had posted. I don't think this has always been available all I got was the 30 days free trial with my 920 a few months later I bought a new W8 laptop even though it was brand new I did not get a new free trial with the new laptop either. Plus since then another new laptop and desktop in the past year no free trial with them either, so I've not even opened Office for a few months.

    I just wish you could purchase it and they would do away with the subscription fee. With the yearly fee Microsoft Office is a better buy IMO.
    11-07-2014 04:38 PM
  5. Mr. Brown's Avatar
    Thanks,
    Right after I posted I started looking at the settings and found what you had posted. I don't think this has always been available all I got was the 30 days free trial with my 920 a few months later I bought a new W8 laptop even though it was brand new I did not get a new free trial with the new laptop either. Plus since then another new laptop and desktop in the past year no free trial with them either, so I've not even opened Office for a few months.

    I just wish you could purchase it and they would do away with the subscription fee. With the yearly fee Microsoft Office is a better buy IMO.
    You don't have to have a subscription to have it work on WP. I've never owned an office365 subscription.
    11-07-2014 04:57 PM
  6. Darthbobcat's Avatar
    You are absolutely right there, mate. MS's paying customers should be first. A & G have never shown this weakness for users of MS platforms.




    & it has never been updated.
    Go look at a Windows Phone 7 device. The Office app is noticeably worse, especially with 1) One Note being almost unusable and 2) terrible cloud integration.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-07-2014 06:37 PM
  7. spaulagain's Avatar
    what benefit does a person gain from subscribing, to an office suite?


    there is a slew of free suites available. .. I figured they would catch more wrath than Microsoft their own products?
    Well, for one, you get unlimited storage on OneDrive.

    What do you mean by free suites? You mean stuff like Google Docs?

    I've used G Docs a lot from the ding dongs at work that insist on using it despite that we have Office 365 subscription. Google docs is pretty basic and lame. Aside from very basic document creation, G Docs is worthless IMO. Not to mention that Google Docs is horrible at converting to legit MS Office documents.
    Laura Knotek, neo158 and TgeekB like this.
    11-07-2014 09:56 PM
  8. spaulagain's Avatar
    Thanks,
    Right after I posted I started looking at the settings and found what you had posted. I don't think this has always been available all I got was the 30 days free trial with my 920 a few months later I bought a new W8 laptop even though it was brand new I did not get a new free trial with the new laptop either. Plus since then another new laptop and desktop in the past year no free trial with them either, so I've not even opened Office for a few months.

    I just wish you could purchase it and they would do away with the subscription fee. With the yearly fee Microsoft Office is a better buy IMO.
    That's always been available. I only just now bought Office 365. But I've always been able to create new docs on Office for WP.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-07-2014 09:59 PM
  9. ohgood's Avatar
    Well, for one, you get unlimited storage on OneDrive.

    What do you mean by free suites? You mean stuff like Google Docs?

    I've used G Docs a lot from the ding dongs at work that insist on using it despite that we have Office 365 subscription. Google docs is pretty basic and lame. Aside from very basic document creation, G Docs is worthless IMO. Not to mention that Google Docs is horrible at converting to legit MS Office documents.
    server space hasn't been a big deal (for me) since 2001 or so.

    I hadn't tried converting documents to office format , but I've fixed a ton of files that wouldn't work from one version of office to the next, with OpenOffice. then I realized office was the problem, not the needed software. nothing would surprise me from Google software as much as they change things. there onLine beta wares and microsofts ui/os rewrites have taught me to keep what works and discard the trendy updates until they're vetted.
    11-08-2014 06:07 AM
  10. neo158's Avatar
    Actually on iOS and Android Office is only free for Home Use, if you want to use it for business then you NEED an Office 365 subscription. I didn't know this until I saw it on the Play Store page for Office Mobile.

    The only versions that are totally free for both home and business use are Office RT 2013 and Office for WP.
    11-08-2014 06:30 AM
  11. spaulagain's Avatar
    server space hasn't been a big deal (for me) since 2001 or so.

    I hadn't tried converting documents to office format , but I've fixed a ton of files that wouldn't work from one version of office to the next, with OpenOffice. then I realized office was the problem, not the needed software. nothing would surprise me from Google software as much as they change things. there onLine beta wares and microsofts ui/os rewrites have taught me to keep what works and discard the trendy updates until they're vetted.
    Server space? You mean servers you have at home? And the majority of people don't have their own dedicated server somewhere so in that case Office 365 is very valuable.

    As far as document conversion, I've never had an issue with office docs from MS to MS versions. Whether it be 2003, or 2013. The only issue ever present was when the switched to the .docx file format so older versions of Office couldn't open them. But a 2 second free patch from MS fixed that.

    I just spent 6 hours at work last week taking a slide presentation from Google docs and converting it to PowerPoint that some of our management needed.

    Then when I showed them you could create a PowerPoint online or locally and edit locally or online with PowerPoint they quickly released how stupid it was to even use Google Docs.

    The best part, is if you open a PowerPoint that's on OneDrive, you can choose to edit it with your local desktop PowerPoint application. And when you hit CTRL-S it saves directly to the OneDrive file. It also tracks who's editing it, both online and on desktop. That's all with Windows 7 too, not Windows 8.
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    11-08-2014 12:14 PM
  12. ohgood's Avatar
    Server space? You mean servers you have at home? And the majority of people don't have their own dedicated server somewhere so in that case Office 365 is very valuable.

    As far as document conversion, I've never had an issue with office docs from MS to MS versions. Whether it be 2003, or 2013. The only issue ever present was when the switched to the .docx file format so older versions of Office couldn't open them. But a 2 second free patch from MS fixed that.

    I just spent 6 hours at work last week taking a slide presentation from Google docs and converting it to PowerPoint that some of our management needed.

    Then when I showed them you could create a PowerPoint online or locally and edit locally or online with PowerPoint they quickly released how stupid it was to even use Google Docs.

    The best part, is if you open a PowerPoint that's on OneDrive, you can choose to edit it with your local desktop PowerPoint application. And when you hit CTRL-S it saves directly to the OneDrive file. It also tracks who's editing it, both online and on desktop. That's all with Windows 7 too, not Windows 8.
    servers space, people call it " the cloud " nowadays.

    the two document formats were PowerPoint and word ... finding the correct version of office to open them was time consuming, do I tried the free openoffice version and it worked.

    since then I decided working with less aggravation + free > an internet connected application that costs money.
    11-09-2014 07:36 AM
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