Office 365 Home Premium Released by Microsoft Today

By on January 29, 2013 10:42:42 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Microsoft has released the latest version of it’s Office application suite today with the availability of Office 365 Home Premium.

“Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage and Skype calling — all for US$99.99 for an annual subscription, the equivalent of US$8.34 per month.”

I’ve enjoyed the improvements over the previous version, and now that I have a Surface and a Windows 8, the sharing of documents between devices using SkyDrive is essential.

Features:

  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and Office on Demand available from any Internet-connected PC**
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world***
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology

You can grab a free trial here.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/

If you are going to buy, Amazon has subscription key cards available as well.

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January 29, 2013 12:04:49 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Not that I'm against MS Office, it's great for the enterprise, just don't see much need for it as a home user or small business professional.

I use Kingsoft Office most of the time.  Less clunky than Open Office, more stable than Lotus Symphony, smooth GUI, and is available in Free and Paid versions.

http://www.kingsoftstore.com/

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January 29, 2013 12:16:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Something about this software being centered on the Cloud that makes me very uneasy, but then the whole concept of the Cloud does that.  

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January 29, 2013 2:18:21 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Definitely not useful for the home environment.

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January 29, 2013 2:35:40 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

introductory offer???

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January 29, 2013 3:13:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Philly0381,
Something about this software being centered on the Cloud that makes me very uneasy, but then the whole concept of the Cloud does that

 

 

ditto Philly! 

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January 29, 2013 3:27:37 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

 

the cloud is your friend.......

<waves hand in jedi fashion>

 

 

I find Office 365 an essential tool of the 'road warrior' today.  Things one used to have to wait to get back to the office for are now never further than your fingertips.  "Exxxxxxcellent smithers......excellent!"  

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January 29, 2013 6:15:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

DTA - Don't Trust Anyone. Especially when they talk about cloud services.

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January 29, 2013 9:33:09 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

I liked the preview but I don't really need it enough to pay for it.  Hell, I don't need Office 2010 either, might as well just use Google Docs.

Hopefully GDocs cutting support for .doc means people will get off their dumb asses and use .docx instead.

But I doubt it.

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January 29, 2013 10:17:58 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Savyg,
I liked the preview but I don't really need it enough to pay for it.  Hell, I don't need Office 2010 either, might as well just use Google Docs.

Hopefully GDocs cutting support for .doc means people will get off their dumb asses and use .docx instead.

But I doubt it.

Another reason I don't like Office 365, installed it on an SBS Server to check it out, couldn't get it cleanly removed from the OS.  Immediate fail in my book.  Same reason (in part) why I don't recommend AVG.

Some of my clients are still happily using Office 2003.  Microsoft has a docx plug-in available for download that lets Office 2003 read/write to the newer format.  Last I checked with Google Docs, it was just a bit too simplistic.  That was awhile ago, so I'm overdue to see if they've made some real advances.

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February 1, 2013 1:53:22 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Is there a compelling reason why I'd ever use a version of office newer than 2003? I sure can't think of one, and "cloud hurrr" only moves my desire to use it in a negative direction.

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February 1, 2013 3:54:32 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Is there a compelling reason why I'd ever use a version of office newer than 2003? I sure can't think of one, and "cloud hurrr" only moves my desire to use it in a negative direction.

If you work with a lot of emails or large files the 64 bit versions can be a considerable improvement (and are probably more stable whether you do or not.)

They're also more secure by default and have the ability to encode your files should you need that.  Lots of workplace focused improvements as such.

If you're still on 2003, you'd get a better experience out of switching to Google Docs IMO.

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February 1, 2013 7:51:35 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I have 2 issues.....

1. home premium's $100 US this year......what guarantee is there it won't be double that next year?

2. I have a Zune.....no support. I have a Windows phone 7.....barely any support (none, 0, zilch from Sprint). Microsoft's real quick to screw over early adopters.

I'll stick with 2010 until they've put a year or so into the program. That's about the length of time they support bad choices (hope you surface owners/perspective buyers are listening)

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February 1, 2013 9:13:20 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

'The Cloud' - even the name suggests an airy-fairy nothingness.

Anyone dumb enough to send their personal files 'out there' deserves what ever might happen to them...

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February 1, 2013 12:57:19 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Lots of other flavors of Office 2013 to choose from - cloud isn't mandatory.  But at 5 machines ($20/yr/machine), the 365 option's not bad for folks who don't need to worry about the cloud issues or for whom the potential benefits of the cloud outweigh the risks.

And, FWIW, I used Office 2000 for years and couldn't imagine needing or wanting any newer versions of Office apps, in part because I had Word, in particular, highly customized and tuned to my workflow to make what I needed to do on a daily basis very efficient.  After Office 2010 came out & I read all the stuff about how horrible the ribbon was, etc., I was even more determined to keep cranking along with Office 2k.  Then my main work rig gave up the ghost & I had no option but to go to a Win7 notebook, on which Office 2000 allegedly wouldn't run.

I bit the bullet and moved up to Office 2010 and immediately liked it.  I was able to very quickly recreate almost all the customizations and create a shortcut bar for my frequently used functions & hide the rest of the ribbon until I needed it.  I really like the way they've set up the File & Home tab functionality in particular, and I'm now a card-carrying Ribbonite - it's a real leap forward in productivity if you ask me.  Admittedly, my needs may be a little different since 60% of what I do every day is create Word docs, but I wouldn't go back to Word 2000.

Interestingly, it turns out Word 2000 installs & runs just fine on Win7 - I took a flyer & tried on a couple of Win7 rigs in our office since everybody needs simple word processing from time to time and it worked without a hitch.  Same for the rest of the Office suite apps.

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February 1, 2013 4:39:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Fuzzy Logic,
Anyone dumb enough to send their personal files 'out there' deserves what ever might happen to them...

Well said. I totally agree on that point.

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February 1, 2013 5:06:53 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

any of the cloud luddites care to explain where emails are stored? 

encryption in the key.

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February 1, 2013 8:19:15 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Philly0381,
Something about this software being centered on the Cloud that makes me very uneasy, but then the whole concept of the Cloud does that.  

Philly.............buy a parachute! 

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February 1, 2013 9:00:02 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

LOVE that Microsoft game........'parachute panic'......   hehe      (the most-played game on my windows phone!) 

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February 8, 2013 8:58:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well, I've been pressured into this....wife wanted Publisher which didn't come with 2010. My son and his GF are at college and both are going to benefit from it as well.

Outlook performs MUCH better than it did in 2010 with the Outlook Connector and has the most changes that I've noticed so far. I use word and excel on a daily basis and with a few minor exception they are the same. I have Access too and it's a bit different than the 2003 version I used. Still.......it's butt ugly like Windows 8.

My desktop's on Windows 7x64, laptop's Windows 8x64 and it installed the 32 bit version on both which surprised me. I didn't see an option for an x64 version during the installation process. The cloud based files are replicated on each computer so it's operating more like a backup. I've got mine set to save to the computer and then Skydrive syncs them later.

 

Breaking it down the way my wife did.....

$40 for me (desktop & laptop) and I now have 45GB in my Skydrive account

$20 for her, $20 for my son & $20 for his GF

Now I'm owed a special dinner by the kids and my wife has her Valentines day gift. $100 well spent.

 

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February 8, 2013 9:06:30 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Subscription fees for home software makes me throw up a little.

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February 8, 2013 9:31:01 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jythier,
Subscription fees for home software makes me throw up a little.

guess you're not an Object Desktop subscriber then

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February 8, 2013 12:18:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

remember, this is only an introductory offer guaranteed to increase ASAP.

I upgraded to office 2007 last year so I could change my email over to outlook and am happy.

wonder if Whole Foods will sue over the 365 logo infringement?

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February 8, 2013 12:42:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Lantec,

My desktop's on Windows 7x64, laptop's Windows 8x64 and it installed the 32 bit version on both which surprised me. I didn't see an option for an x64 version during the installation process.

Previous 32Bit releases of Office cannot be upgraded to a 64Bit Version, for installs on "clean" systems you are able to choose between 32 or 64 Bit.

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February 8, 2013 12:49:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting gmc2,
remember, this is only an introductory offer guaranteed to increase ASAP.

Where is that stated at?

 

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February 8, 2013 1:37:34 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Quoting Lantec,
Quoting Jythier, reply 20Subscription fees for home software makes me throw up a little.

guess you're not an Object Desktop subscriber then

 

I'm here for the games.

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