"Microsoft was hoping that users would grow tired of the limitations and purchase a key for the full suite"
case 1: people do not use Office at all.
case 2: others use so few of the features, the do not run into the limits.
case 3: some uninstall it completely, and switch to a free suite, LO for example.
case 4: some uninstall it, to use a former Office, like 2007 or 2003.
Running through all the cases, few will will remain in the end, who actually buy it.
[citation][nom]jdwii[/nom]Office needs to come with windows Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate free of cost, I'm sick of seeing people pay more for this software then they do for their OS upgrade.[/citation]
i totally agree with you, and they should reduce the cost of this software for non Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate users
Hopefully office web apps will actually be useable for creating documents now. With the lack of custom Powerpoint textboxes and WYSIWYG word editing, the current office web apps are only good for viewing documents.
Wow, dude! You've got it all wrong. The word processor is not an essential program. Yeah, it costs alot but you could use an alternative.
What is really overpriced is Windows... c'mon! $200-300-500 for crappy Windows! Now that's superoverpriced. And OS shouldn't cost more than $50 for a full version. And even if MS sells every copy of Windows for just $50 they are still going to make billions.
And maybe it will be much better OS if it costs less because they'll stop wasting money to fill it up with bloat.
I still use Office 207. Got it for about $5 from my university few years back. Prefer my program to be available offline, and don't save stuff in the cloud, so not terribly interested in any web-based option. I might upgrade to Office 2010 in the future, but Office isn't necessarily something you'll get a lot of benefit from upgrading as regularly as your OS.
Stupid... I'd like it if they offered Office Home and Student free with the home versions of Windows, and Home and Business with the pro versions (with an anytime upgrade sort of program for it). Of course, that'll never happen...