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February 27, 2013


MS also reversed their policy about not swithching computers. I just bought a copy of office 2013 home and business from an online store for a client for $168. Pretty good deal.

I actually find most of the blog here very informative. There aren't many like it that cover law office technology and have this kind of insight and information. I happen to use PCLaw and Worldox so I check back here often. I think he has decided to take a negative view of Microsoft, as many people have, and I see quite the opposite. Microsoft's product line up has never been stronger.

He is right about at least about some of the negativity he has heaped on PCLaw support. The product as a whole has gone downhill since Lexis acquired it. It seems the same thing is happening with Time Matters. PCLaw 12 does seem to be improvement though.

Mr. Hungus, you say he is wrong about how bad Time Matters is, yet you also say the program is outdated. Also your name is spelled Karl not Carl.

Sounds like this is just one of the many things that John Heckman is wrong about. He was a Time Matters consultant for many years, then when they booted him from the program, all he could talk about was how bad Time Matters was & still does this to this day. Seems like he is becoming as outdated as the programs he still supports.

I think you paint a distorted picture of office 2013. I have a subscription to Office 2013 home, which is actually called office 365 home as all the subscription based office products are called office 365. I don't have to entrust all my files to the cloud. I can save them wherever I want. I can use office and access skydrive files offline as it creates local copies and syncs them with skydrive when I am back online. If I ever cancel my subscription, my files are just fine. Office 2013 goes into read only mode, just like any expired trial version of office. You also get 20GB extra skyrive storage, 60 minutes of free skype calls, install on 5 devices and the ability to stream office on an unlimited number of devices.

As for comparisons to office 2010 your numbers are off. First of all there is no upgrade pricing in 2010 either. MS dropped upgrade pricing in 2010. The office 2010 retail box version could be installed on two PC's, not three and the retail price is $280 not $199. The product key card version, which is all they sell now for 2013 - the retail box DVD is gone, is for one user in 2010 and 2013 and costs around $200. If you wanted to install office on 3 devices you would better off with a office 365 subscription, whether you are a home user or business.

Office 365 for business not only allows the multiple device installations, but also gives you exchange email, sharepoint, and lync server depending on which business level you get. Microsoft has made a very compelling model to switch an entire office (or family)to subscription based office and also nudge the IT department into moving their servers into MS's cloud.

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