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    Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 1:33am
The new software bundle is named Microsoft Equipt and comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, plus OneCare and a handful of existing free Windows Live applications.  It was rumored for months, under the codename "Albany". 

Mr. Gordon explained that Equipt is aimed at people who when buying a new computer would skip and Office purchase and merely reuse old Office disks or pirate a friend's copy.  He said that the $70 price tag falls in the middle of McAfee Inc. and Symantec Corp's security offerings, so users can justify the purchase merely as a security suite and get the productivity software as a bonus.

Equipt, like Office Home and Student 2007, allows installation on up to 3 machines.  Minor updates are automatically provided, through Window's update software.

The software will be available mid-July.

source: dailytech

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  Quote Tyler Lowe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 4:49am
Or you could always just download Open Office for free.Big%20smile
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  Quote SunfighterLC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 6:36am
I still use office 97
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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 10:14am
I do use microsoft office...but not for  $70.00.......there are other free programs out there....wonder why microsoft is hell bent on killing it self? sub par o/s , subscription for products you only had to buy once..till you decided to get a new edition..I think they should look at their quality and not a way to make a buck...just goes back to the old saying...if you build a better mouse trap.....
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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 10:18am
Also i have mcafee and its not 70.00...and if it was..i would'nt have that on my computer either
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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 11:00am
while i see where youre coming from workingman, MS is hardly killing itself. more along the lines of killing everyone else, financially. I think the aim is making the price look lower on thier completely overpriced office bundles, stupid decision imo, especially to someone like me who wants excel and word and thats IT nothing else no frills no subscriptions. but thats why i use my old student disks
 
if you consider this a bad business decision, lets compare microsoft's office bundles to their competitors...
wait...
That could be tough, considering there arent any, i see this as a typical corporate muscle flex, they dont have to have competitve prices if there is no competition
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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 11:09am
well i for once agree with you ......but open office can ..and i guess will ...do all i need so microsoft has lost some more money...from me anyway
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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 11:11am
oh im with you; i'd never buy any of it, just presenting what i think is their reasoning
 
lol what do you mean "for once i agree with you"? Cry
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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 11:18am
lol nothing personal..but i have read many of your posts...and even though there is a lot you have said i dont agree with Cry i certainly respect your right to voice your opinion...thats what makes this the best country to be in..Big%20smile
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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 12:02pm
lol interesting
 
*edit* if your opinions differ, you should post them. that is the point of a forum after all, discussion


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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 12:15pm

I'm not confrontational...I like to keep my opinions to myself...I've already said too much....Shocked

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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 12:21pm
The reason why they are changing to a subscription model is so that you actually pay them money instead of pirate the software like 100% of everyone I know...

But Open Office and Google Docs does everything I need for free..
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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 12:39pm

well skyR i bought my copy....must be the only honest person left in americaLOL but no more....not for $70.00 microsoft can stuff itBig%20smile

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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 1:51pm
colleges, at least in VA offer office packages for so cheap its a joke, i got word, excel, access, oulook and tons of other stuff for 15 bucks
 
i dont know if youre only technically supposed to use that while youre a student but i dont see why anyone would need newer software to word process or fill out out a spreadsheet
 
as far as pirates, i'd consider any move made these days, unless drastically groundbreaking, against software pirates is futile, as long as hackers exist there will be a free version of ANYthing that can be put on a computer; i'd be willing to guess they would have a lot more success by simply lowering thier rediculous prices so that honest people are more willing to buy them


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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 2:12pm
Smiledamn bud i agree twice in one day...im shocked Shocked
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  Quote workingman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Jul 2008 at 2:15pm
i would subscribe for $30.00 a yr....but dont think microsoft would stoop that low..Cry
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