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Old 16-08-2011, 11:00
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I really need MS Office and the trial will run out soon. It's around 70-90 to buy the disc(s). It's so expensive, i'm not sure what to do.

Why is it so expensive!?
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:01
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...because Microsoft are not a charity?
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:02
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try OpenOffice.org instead. It's free.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:05
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try OpenOffice.org instead. It's free.
Another vote for openoffice
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:06
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I really need MS Office and the trial will run out soon. It's around 70-90 to buy the disc(s). It's so expensive, i'm not sure what to do.

Why is it so expensive!?
Buy a 2nd hand copy. Im still using the 2000 version as it does what I want it to do.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:07
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I have open office but I can't get on with it plus the file formats are different in opening word. Long story.

And maybe i should try ebay
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:08
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Try here, http://www.software4students.co.uk/M...s-details.aspx
You can get the full package for under 40. It's a genuine site, i've used myself and has been recommended by others as well in the Computing section.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:08
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Another vote for openoffice
Yup, openoffice is great, unless your clients send you Word files and expect Word files back from you. You lose some of the formatting when you convert between them.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:11
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Q: Why is Microsoft Office so expensive when so many need it?

A: Microsoft is so expensive, because so many need it.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:13
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Just get the trial, and google for an activation code
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:14
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Q: Why is Microsoft Office so expensive when so many need it?

A: Microsoft is so expensive, because so many need it.
exactly what I was about to type...
I would add that Microsoft are not a charity they exist to make money for their shareholders.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:19
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I would add that Microsoft are not a charity they exist to make money for their shareholders.
How dare any company run itself in such a way that they turn a profit?!
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:20
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Because they can make lots of money from it.

There are good, free alternatives available though.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:24
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I got both Home & Student 2007 and 2010 for 50 total
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:25
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How dare any company run itself in such a way that they turn a profit?!
I know.. its completely beyond the pale. There ought to be a law against it !
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:28
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look here brand new full ms office 2003 business version with all the bells and whistles for. 19.99

ms office 2003 has everything you need. Probably more than you will ever need. 2007 didn't add much and 2010 even less. IMO the ribbon is awful.

openoffice is ok. you can save in .rtf to preserve formatting and all windows software's open that.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:32
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I really need MS Office and the trial will run out soon. It's around 70-90 to buy the disc(s). It's so expensive, i'm not sure what to do.

Why is it so expensive!?
If you really need it so much what did you do before you had the trial version?
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:33
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They are expensive because MS Office is excellent & it is overwhelmingly dominant so can charge what they like. But some groups can get it cheaper for example members of educational institutions or the NHS.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:35
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i also have full Word 2002 which came with the old Microsoft Works bundle before they discontinued it. It seems to be unlimited license
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:39
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Why is petrol, food, gas and electricity so expensive when everyone needs them?
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:40
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Capitalist scum exploiting people.
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Old 16-08-2011, 11:45
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AHEM piratebay AHEM.

No...?

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Old 16-08-2011, 12:02
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LibreOffice is the way to go, and it's free.

www.libreoffice.org/
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Old 16-08-2011, 12:08
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It's expensive probably because everyone wants it. A bit like when a lot of people want to go on holiday at Christmas and summer times but oh no flight prices suddenly rise. Or when a theme park won't let you use a promotional voucher to gain entry during October half-term holiday. People want to make money wherever they can. If demand is high, it's an opportunity for them to profit more. I wish it wasn't like this, but it is.
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Old 16-08-2011, 12:09
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Mine wasn't .
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