Microsoft Office Needs Changes
Why are there so many different versions of Microsoft Office?
What is Microsoft Office? Well, it depends on what version you buy. If you buy the "Home and Student Edition", it costs about $150 and it includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneNote.
By contrast, if you spend $99 (per year) for the "Office 365 Home" version, and it includes the same four programs... PLUS Outlook, Publisher, and Access, along with Skype and OneDrive services. That's odd. It's still the "Home Edition", but it costs you $50 less (up front), and they give you 3 more programs and 2 online services.
Meanwhile, if you're a business, you can't pay an upfront price, you can pick from 6 different monthly prices, and you get all sorts of combinations of software and online services, but once again... the key thing is the addition of Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
To complicate things even more, regardless of which version you buy, if you have a Mac, but you won't get Access, or Publisher, even though you'll pay the same exact price.
The lack of consistency between versions is just plain stupid because it makes it hard to share documents between computers. Mac and Home and Student users can't share Access and Publisher files with the computers running the Windows and Business Editions. If nothing else, you'd expect at least a way to convert Publisher files to and from Word.
Joe Crescenzi, Founder
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