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Microsoft Office 2013 pricing revealed, ETA is a "few weeks"

By Rick
Jan 16, 2013
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  1. Microsoft Office 2013 is expected to arrive in just a "few weeks", according to long-time industry insider Mary Jo Foley. With the imminent launch of Office 2013 being so close, Microsoft's pricing has also been leaked. Price tags for 2013...

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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 408   +79

    Ms Office is about the only thing Microsft is doing right these days.
     
  3. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Guru Posts: 462   +84

    If I ram microsoft I wouldn't stop at adding the calendar year to my product, oh no sireee!

    I'd sell a new piece of junk reskinned version of the same thing every 6 months! Office january2013! look out for our new version Office july2013 coming soon for double the price and the same features!
    Oh also we will remove the tool bars and keyboard shortcuts so you have to click ****ty little blocks with your mouse and slow down productivity.

    I'm sorry but there has been no office better than office 2003 and every single UI "improvement" since then has been absolute trash.
     
  4. RH00D

    RH00D TS Addict Posts: 412   +106

    Keyboard shortcuts work just fine with Office 2007, 2010, and 2013. UIs also have a lot of subjectivity. I like the ribbon UI a lot better in Office.

    Since you seemed to be so concerned about price, you are aware that they have web-based Office apps that are entirely free to use, right?

    Here is one feature off the top of my head that 2003 does't have, the option to export documents as PDF format. Office 2013 also supports running on the ARM architecture. There are plenty more but I'm not about to write a wall of text about it.

    Sure, if all you want to do is write down text in a document, then yeah 2003 is great and always will be. Did I forget that nobody is forcing you to buy the new versions?
     
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,971   +586

    Don't you just love it how Office 2013 still comes with VB6 integrated at its core?

    A 2013 product with a 1998 engine at its heart. Think Steve Ballmer on steroids.
     
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,932   +126 Staff Member

  7. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 408   +79

    Isn't VB for applications? my computer science teacher was saying is not the same as VB.
     
  8. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +64

    Office uses VBA which is not exactly the same as VB... very similar but its not quite as powerful as the full blown VB language. A competent programmer can still do a very wide range of things with it though.
     
  9. Timonius

    Timonius TS Guru Posts: 585   +34

    One of the hassles of these new Office suites is that there is the potential of Important-Employee-Has-The-Latest-Version creating an Office 2013 document that is not easily read by Not-So-Important-Employee-Has-A-Much-Older-Version-Due-To-Budget-Constraints. The big guys/gals always get the latest and greatest and -boom- it forces all the little guys/gals to suffer through or wait til next decades upgrades. I've had it happen to me and it sucks trying to manage data files over several versions of Office. I hope the document standards of Office 2013 allows older Office users to read the documents properly for that kind of price.
     
  10. That's what converters are for. I know when vista and later oses came out during my time at school, it seemed as though people weren't well versed in the new ms office versions, such as 07, and didn't know how to save as a previous 2003 document and such, since that's what was used at the school. This happened quite often with presentations so sooner or later I noticed that some kind of 07 powerpoint viewer/convert appeared on the school computers. I guess that solved the problem for them.
     
  11. avoidz

    avoidz TS Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    I still like and use Office 2003.
     
     
  12. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,932   +126 Staff Member

    The Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack was released either early 2007 or in 2006, I can't find a specific release date.
     
  13. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 850   +11

    As long as the Compatibility Pack keeps working with 2013 I'm happy.
     
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,971   +586

  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT TS Evangelist Posts: 1,971   +586

    A competent programmer these days wouldn't bother with such outdated stuff. It is still quite of interest for virus writers though :)
     


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