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Microsoft Office


   Whether you love it or hate it, Microsoft Office is the
   "big ape" in the house due to the sheer 
number of
   licenses sold. While there are options at zero cost, they
   do not provide the identical functionality but are close
   enough to use for personal purposes. But the employers
   go Microsoft Office so start to learn it.

   BECAUSE THIS IS A COMMERCIAL PRODUCT, CONSIDERABLE INFORMATION
   IS READILY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET ON THE PRODUCT OFFERINGS,
   PRICING, FUNCTIONALITY AND AVAILABILITY. A SUCH THERE WILL NOT BE
   ANY UPDATING ON THIS INFORMATION DUE TO THE EXTENSIVE EFFORT
   THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED. MICROSOFT PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE VIA
   MANY CHANNEL AND RETAIL OUTLETS WITH FAIRLY NARROW RANGES OF
   PRICING.



  OFFICE 
  
     Microsoft has deployed multiple versions of Microsoft Office over the years. In the most recent years
     they have introduced Office under an Annual License structure. This is different from earlier versions
     as those included a perpetual license (one time cost) and continued until support by Microsoft was
     discontinued and the product lacked the newer features you needed or lost updates and correction
     updates and became too challenging to continue using.

     The costs for the annual license help avoid the high cost of an initial purchase, but spread over a 4
     year period may become expensive.  However if you feel the need to be on the "bleeding edge" of
     new technology, the annual license may be more beneficial to you.

     Microsoft packages a number of products under "Office" which will change the pricing for the product.
     Current information may be found at: Office for Home or Personal Use
     Microsoft does offer a discount for Students. The link above provides information on each of the
     product offerings including annual or monthly pricing for the annual licensed versions for for the
     outright purchase. it also reflects what software products are included in that packaging. Make
     sure you order what is needed as making mistake can be expensive.  Multi-user licenses for 5
     users are available.

     There are offers for 1 TB (Terabyte or approximately 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Because storage
     uses Base 2 for actual space used, and some space is consumed for defects and software storage
     supporting the storage device, your actual storage will likely be less.

     Understand this is a change for Microsoft and is profitable as it makes it more affordable for users
     to change licenses sooner and "levels out' the revenue stream Microsoft realizes from this product.
     What this means is they see a more level flow of money from sales each quarter from the new
     products versus the large spikes when the flat fee products were released every few years.


     What are the Products in Microsoft Office (in general)

     -  Word                   A word processing package that is rich in features of which many people will
                                    not actually use unless their document requirements are advanced.  The resulting
                                    documents are highly portable due to the acceptance of Word.

     -  Excel                   A spreadsheet software with considerable capabilities built into the product.


     -  PowerPoint          A presentation or single slide (or cell) presentation tool providing a wide range of
                                    add-on products (some of them free).  Video, audio and other content can be added
                                    to the presentations along with designing them for automatic play.



     -  One Note



     -  Outlook               A combination e-Mail, Calendar, Contacts tool that is widely used.



     -  Publisher



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