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Easy download and install on multiple computers also FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO OFFICE 365 ON RELEASE
on January 21, 2013
Unless you've avoided computers entirely for the last decade you've probably come across at least one of the microsoft office programs so I won't go into great detail on what they do, but I will say that upgrading from the office 2008 that I was running on my computer seems to have been worth it. Macros seem to run more smoothly in excel, the template selection is a little more complete in word and power point, and although I haven't taken advantage of any of the cloud services that the program now offers (storing documents online for use in another spot, real time cooperative editing (a bit like google docs), etc) its nice to know they are available should I want to access them.
The two major things I wanted to address with my review though were the ease of download, easy product registration, and free upgrade offer through microsoft. Initially I was worried about buying a multi pack online. I could foresee losing the registration codes or having difficulty getting it to install on my non primary computers (3 licenses one for me, one for my girlfriend, and one for a lucky buddy). None of this was an issue. All I had to do was log into my amazon account on each computer, and download the product from my games and software library (its at the bottom of your "My Account" dropdown menu if you're having trouble finding it. The registration code is stored with the install file (yay nothing to lose) and there is just a single registration code for all three downloads (you'll need an internet connection to register the product as it looks like the code is checked versus an online registry to see how many times it has been used). And thats it. It really was that easy. There's no disk to scratch, no codes to misplace, and if I accidentally delete the program amazon will let me download another copy. I couldn't recommend the online version of the product any more highly over the cd version.
Beyond deciding between CD and online versions, I had to decide whether to upgrade now or wait for Office 2013 to come out, but microsoft has made that decision easy. I know that time sensitive information is not supposed to be included in reviews, and I can't guarantee that microsoft will continue this offer, but for now if you google "microsoft office upgrade offer" the first page that comes up is a link to microsoft's website where you can put in an email and they will remind you when office 2013 comes out and they'll let you download it for free (I assume based on your registration code for this version). So there isn't a great reason to wait if thats all thats holding you back.
MS Office has been the standard for office productivity software for years. This version is worth upgrading to and there is no reason you shouldn't download and install it on your computer today.
QUICK UPDATE ON THE FREE UPGRADE OFFER:
The offer is now live (January 29, 2013) and I have to make a quick correction about the terms of the offer that I wish I had understood before. Microsoft has not (as of yet and may not ever) released Office 2013 for Mac (windows only release). They have released a different product (Office 365) that works on a subscription basis ($99 per year) that gives you access to all of the office programs on 5 computers, some cloud storage, and some other new features. If you purchase this product you are offered a free one year subscription of this service (and then you'll have to start paying if you want to keep it). I'm a little disappointed by this only because I thought the offer was going to GIVE me office 2013 and I could use it for the next several years. I've sent an email to Microsoft customer support to try to clarify when/if Office 2013 will eventually be available for Mac and whether it would then become part of this deal. Updates to come...
UPDATE TWO (January 31, 2013)
I did not receive an email response from Microsoft so I used their online support chat feature to ask about the upgrade offer. I've posted the transcript below because I didn't feel that the service agent provided an absolutely clear answer to my questions. From what I understand the only current offer available is Office 365 (which doesn't even come with full functionality for mac at this time). When office 2013/4/5 for Mac is released Office 365 will update with new features. It sounded like we may also be offered a chance to upgrade to the new non subscription version of Office, but read the transcript and let me know how you interpret it in the comments.
You are now chatting with 'Argel'.
William Hohenschuh: I am disappointed with the "free upgrade" offer for Office 2011 users. I feel mislead that the offer claimed to be for the "new" Office and now my only option appears to be the subscription based Office 365. If I hold out and do not accept this offer can I have the next full (and permanent) version of Office for Mac when it is released?
Argel: Welcome to Microsoft Customer Service Chat. Please give me a moment while I review your question. Would that be alright?
Argel: We actually have two version of Office that we released. The first one is Office 2013 which only compatible with Windows based PC. The other one is Office 365 which is a cloud based Office, it can be installed with either PC or Mac. Office 365 uses the latest version of Office, since there is no new version of Office for Mac yet , the user interface would be Office for Mac 2011 but once the new Office for Mac releases a new version, you can update your Office 365.
Argel: Then it will be changed to the newer version.
Argel: I hope the above information would be beneficial to you. Did I fully address your concern for today?
William Hohenschuh: I understand that. However I see that new purchasers of office 2010 for PCs have been given the option of a year subscription to office 365 or an upgraded to office 2013 (which they can presumably use forever). I'm asking if I hold out now and do not take the "free upgrade" to office 365 will I have the option of getting a permanent version of the next office for mac or is this the only offer?
Argel: I will be right with you.
William Hohenschuh: I just don't think that getting a year subscription is the same thing as a potentially permanent upgrade as many of us use office products for several years without upgrading
Argel: I apologize but we do have an eligibility date for this offer. If you fail to redeem the free Office 365 subscription for one year, then you might not get it. Here's what I suggest, claim the Office 365 offer since that is the only thing that is available. Then once the new Office for Mac releases a new version, then for sure there would be another offer for you to grab.
William Hohenschuh: and accepting this offer wouldn't exclude me from that offer?
Argel: Yes William.
Argel: For now, that is the only offer which is available for Mac and it is free anyways.
William Hohenschuh: ok thank you
Argel: No worries. My goal is to ensure that your experience with Microsoft Customer Service leaves you pleased with our products and services.