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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Office 365 is a huge miss for Microsoft

    Posted
    Nabob
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    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    I've used versions of Microsoft Office since 1990 when the product first debuted. I use it extensively every work day and most weekend days. I have it on my work computer and multiple computers at home. I was going to upgrade to the new version and install it on my computer when I realized that Microsoft is doing everything they can to transition you to their new online version of Office (365). I decided to move ahead and see how 365 can integrate with my PCs and multiple devices as well as a new MacBook Pro. I can't say how disappointed I am with the new online product. It is painfully slow and MS forces you to create a OneDrive account to store all of your files. When you try to open an existing file from your computer, it force-prompts you to open a new blank file, browse templates or open a recent document on OneDrive (see image). It doesn't allow you to open up a file from your computer. You then have to waste time uploading the document from OneDrive and then open it from there. (Hey Microsoft - there are a lot of people out here who don't want their documents to be sitting in your cloud storage solution). After the file is finally open, if you’re using a Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser, you can't cut and paste images or text into the online version of the software! Each of these three browsers had a message that stated that you have to use the keyboard functions to copy and paste. I attempted this with all of them and the keyboard functions don’t work. Isn’t it surprising (not) that the keyboard functions only work with an Internet Explorer browser. In case the product team at Microsoft Office didn’t realize it, 60% of U.S. consumers aren’t using IE any longer. Do you really want to limit your market potential and force people to use the antiquated (and slow) IE browser? I should be able to use my browser of choice (a fast one) if I’m forced to use an online version of Microsoft Office. To add to the list of misery, the online version lacks many of the formatting capabilities of the installed version. In my opinion, Office 365 is an epic failure. Microsoft has a lot to work on to make the online version half as good as the installed version.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Need an office suite? What are you waiting for?

    Posted
    TheTruQ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    It’s hard for me to imagine how I can survive without some sort of office centric software. Recently, it seems that either users feel it’s unnecessary or they turn to some online or lightweight alternative. I have used Microsoft Office since the pre-Office 95 days, so I would say I’m somewhat familiar with the software. I have also used other office suites, both lightweight and online. I don’t know if I’m a Microsoft Office fan, but I can say there have only been a few cases in the past where I disliked the experience. Enter Office 365 – the most recent way to do Microsoft Office. With it, you can select a package that suits your personal or business needs and pay a yearly or monthly subscription to continue downloading and using the latest version of the software suite. Before getting into any of the functionality and usability of the software, I should say that this is a good model for those who use Office heavily. You can choose a limited or more elaborate package, dependent on your software needs, you always have the very latest version of the software, and it all comes at a very reasonable price. Because of this, I can’t help but recommend this option to heavy users. Well, how does it perform? Is it worth it? Very well, and yes. I mostly use Word, Excel, Access, and Publisher, if focusing strictly on the office suite. The layout is very natural and user friendly. Each environment has a familiar feel making the user experience more familiar and efficient. I can remember the days when you had to really have a grasp on the menu structure to make use of common functionality, but those days are all but gone. The more common controls and settings are visibly shown under the Home menu selection – the default. And to make things simpler overall, each menu displays its selections in a neatly organized array of graphic icons and control. This makes it much easier to find and understand the controls, settings, and options at your disposal. Microsoft seems to have done a splendid job in this area, and it definitely speaks to the consistency needed to make users more efficient. Also, there are many built in productivity aids assisting in producing excellent results efficiently. I mostly use Office on my PC, but Office is available on nearly all devices: Mac, iPhone, and Android, and all are available with an Office 365 subscription. The mobile apps actually work very well, but I feel having a larger phone is a bit of an advantage. I had no trouble opening documents on my mobile device, even some of my more complex Excel spreadsheets. I feel the mobile iterations of Office are very useful when you need to edit something while on the go. I don’t know if I would use it to create anything with complexity, but writing a paper or creating a quick spreadsheet can easily and comfortably be accomplished. Along with the productivity suite, Office 365 includes OneDrive storage and Skype minutes. For me, the OneDrive storage alone is enough to reel me in. OneDrive is very user friendly and flexible. It is fully integrated into Office 365, and overall aids in the experience. There is autosave built into the office suite for all OneDrive locations. Folders that are tagged for OneDrive, automatically remain synchronized in the background. There are OneDrive apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android, making it very easy to access files anywhere on just about any device. Pictures, videos, music, documents, etc… all accessible and shareable. And about sharing, you can share files in OneDrive very easily. Then there are free Skype minutes. This gives you freedom to call anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. I find that Skype is more useful for me when I’m using my PC or when making video calls. I like the ability to have multi user video calls. I was able to call both my sons in a video call, and the call quality was surprisingly very good. I feel the OneDrive and Skype additions serve as big time icing on what is already a good cake. It’s hard not to recommend this software suite. Anyone that uses an office suite for daily work should no doubt consider Office 365.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Nightmarish experience

    Posted
    Josh
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I renewed my subscription to Microsoft's Office 365 (Home Subscription version) over the phone with the Geek Squad, the same folks that sold Office to me in the first place. At the time of the renewal purchase he Geek Squad agent on the phone told me that I would have to go into the store and pick up a disc, that she couldn't do it for me over the phone, but she could certainly take my money--which she did. I went and picked up the card with the renewal activation number (as it turned out there is no disc), brought it home and installed it on two machines. Everything ran fine for about a month, although I kept getting the e-mail reminders from the Geek Squad that insisted that I still had to update my subscription, even though I had already done so. Then, after a few weeks, Office itself started giving me pop-up messages stating "Your subscription has expired" and requesting that I renew. So when I had the time I finally called the Geek Squad today to get this straightened out. After hours wasted on the phone with three different rep's I am still no better off than before. The rep's concluded that I had cancelled my Office package (which I never did) and bought a new one that is only good for one machine (which is not what I was told I was buying). They tell me that the renewal card that they gave me was good for only one device, not the 5 that I had paid for. This is clearly a nonsensical run-around by people who were not detail-oriented enough to get a good grasp of the problem from the start. How could the renewed package work fine for a month on two different machines and just suddenly stop if it was only a single machine license from the beginning? Somebody's missing the obvious here. So I requested to speak to a supervisor or manager who might understand something so simple, and I was told that none were on duty at the time (read "dodge" there) but that some one could call me within 24-48 hours. Since this is a Thursday that means that I won't hear from anyone that knows how to fix this for as much as four days' time. I should have just bought the renewal directly from Microsoft, and I most certainly will in the future. I am floored by this since I have always had such good luck with the Geek Squad, but the last couple of times that I have called it has not been that way. Things have gone from great to horrible in just a year's time, and the pattern promises that things will only get worse. The rep's were all still very nice and extremely polite, but relatively useless when it came to fixing the problem. Hopefully, this will turn out better in the long run, but then getting good service for a single issue should never have to become a lengthy event.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Way to ‘Own’ Office, If You Really Use It

    Posted
    SamG
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Office 365 gets you every application that is available in the Office suite for up to 6 people and each of them gets 1TB of OneDrive storage. The cloud storage alone almost justifies the price. You also get the mobile apps as well. That being said, being on the subscription plan means you only get it as long as you’re paying for it. For someone who just needs Office for very basic or infrequent tasks it’s probably not worth it, but for everyone else this is the best way to get Office. Chances are if you’re looking at Office you already know why you need it. The core applications that have been there for years are all here; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and Access. They’re all the best they’ve ever been and Microsoft has done a really good job of gradually improving them over the years with some really thoughtful new features. Some of the more recent menu changes can be a little confusing at first if you haven’t used Office in a while, but I adapted to them quickly. You’re also getting OneNote, which has been my favorite Office application ever since it first came out (and happens to be the one you can get for free). There are a few little niche apps that are available, but not installed by default. Sway is really interesting and I haven’t used it much yet, but it feels like a more personal take on something like a presentation or even a vacation album; something you might use with your friend and family instead of a meeting in the conference room. There’s also a to-do list app and a pretty decent mobile scanner app. Office 365 integrates into Windows 10 really well. It’s optimized for touch and mouse input, though I will always feel most productive using a mouse and keyboard. The look and layout feel clean and organized and it’s consistent across applications. There’s a lot of features packed into each application, but the ones I need the most are always easy to find. Saving files to OneDrive also has the advantage of letting you autosave and share like Google Docs and it feels just as seamless. I’ve been a Microsoft Office user for a long time, so there’s probably a little bit of bias here, but Office 365 feels like peak Office. I don’t love having to pay a yearly fee for it; it feels like everything’s turning into a subscription these days, but I do feel like Office is better off for it. You can still buy Office without paying the subscription, but it costs more up front and you’re missing out on the best it has to offer buying it that way. The cynic in mean knows Microsoft is probably doing that on purpose, but it’s hard to ignore the value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you so much for your in-depth review. We appreciate your feedback and we love hearing what you love about Office 365. To aide in your adjustment to Office 365, we highly suggest checking out our Support Center site: https://support.office.com/

      Our Support Center is a free resource made exclusively for our customers. The site features hundreds of helpful articles and videos as well as contact links to our Customer Support Team. As a member of the Microsoft family, all of this is free for you!

      We hope you continue to enjoy your Office 365 experience and we're glad to have you in the Microsoft family.

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    NOT FOR DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING USERS

    Posted
    Gus11787
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I initially rejected the notion of a continuing-pay for use model, but with two laptops and a desktop to keep current, I reconsidered when I recently replaced one of the laptops. Installation was curiously easy and I quickly learned that ease of installation is related to the product’s most glaring shortcoming! The applications do not become 100% resident on the target devices. Instead, some sort of hybrid local/cloud/background is employed. It is this non-localized application residence that renders Office 365 largely incompatible with Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking! Neither company is particularly forthcoming about this glaring shortcoming. Each conveniently points a finger at the other, while neither bothers of offer a reasonably visible and/or accessible compatibility warning ― not one that a customer is likely to see prior to purchase anyway. So… If you are a fan/user of Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking, know that Dragon will NOT FUNTION with Microsoft Office 365 applications as you expect them to and certainly NOT in the way that Dragon users have become accustomed. Dragon dictation CANNOT be input directly into (for example) a Word document. The ONLY means of input is the multi-step process of (1) dictating first to the simple text Dragon dictation Pad, (2) selecting the desired text from the pad, (3) cutting or copying the selected text from the Pad and (4) pasting the text to your Word document. Even Google’s free office suite does a better job than this! It too requires use of the Dragon Pad, but the with the Google app, the Dragon Pad is called up when dictating begins and moving the Dragon Pad text to the document is accomplished more easily with the Dragon Pad Transfer command. So… While this wholly unexpected and unacceptable compatibly issue lingers, at least I get to keep paying each and every year for the privilege of, Microsoft Office 365. Apart from that, Office 365 functions like Microsoft Office. I have the sense that this issue will catch up with and perhaps haunt Microsoft and/or Nuance (Dragon), but a lot of money will have changed hands by then and a lot of users will feel frustrated at best, and duped at worst. CAUTION DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING USERS ― THINK TWICE ABOUT OFFICE 365!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good value

    Posted
    emiliosic
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Microsoft Office 365 is the subscription version of Microsoft Office. It has the same Office applications as the traditional desktop versions, and provides regular updates through the year, including new features that would appear first on the Office 365 versions. For someone that depends on Office, this alone is a good value. While desktop license keys allows installation on one computer, the Office 365 licenses are tied to the user's Microsoft account (Same as in Outlook.com and Microsoft Accounts on Windows 10), and also family members (As associated in Microsoft accounts). It allows installation on 6 computers through the family group, and applies to both Windows and macOS computers. Additionally allows installation on mobile devices (Apple phones and tablets), and Android. Also, the Office 365 subscription provides valuable online features not available on the standard desktop license: - One hour of skype-out minutes, per month, per user (To US and certain areas in other countries). - OneDrive: OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage offering, which works well and is available on desktop and mobile systems. It can be uses to store and sync all office documents and OneNote across devices, as well as any other type of file, including pictures, and what's impressive is that the Office 365 subscription includes 1 TB per user in the family. This is an excellent value for anyone that relies on cloud storage. - And, if office documents are stored on OneDrive, there are now online versions of Office that can be accessed via a web browser, so start a document at home, edit via web from another computer and finish it via mobile apps. The Online version works well enough for simpler documents and was even able to convert a PDF to a Word document all through the web browser. Also storing documents on OneDrive makes it much more efficient to collaborate on, and share documents.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi there,

      You took the words right out of our mouth. What you've listed, we can't help but agree with. We hope your efforts in listing the latest features of Office 365 also translates to your experience with the software.

      If not, know that your purchase of Office comes with unlimited and free access to our Customer Support Team. Reach out to them for questions and concerns regarding your software whenever you need. Here's their contact link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/contactus/

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family.

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great subscription to work more efficient

    Posted
    SimpleLiving
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    This Microsoft Office 365 subscription is a great deal because it comes loaded with many features. An added benefit is that the membership is shareable with up to five users. I share my membership with children who do virtual school. Office 365 is essential for them to work most efficiently. Even when traveling, they can satisfactorily complete all their assignment. The subscription allows the user the ability to use the latest downloadable version of Office. When on the move or not working on your computer, the cloud/online version of Office is available on any device. For optimal usage of Office 365, I highly recommend to backup/sync all of your Office files and documents into OneDrive. You will work more efficiently and flawlessly especially if you work at different locations or devices. I use Excel a lot for school and accounting work. The online version of Excel works perfectly without any issue. When needing switching from the online version to the installed version of Office apps, OneDrive makes it very easy. The membership also includes Skype bonus features, Outlook and online Help Support which are also great services. To conclude, Office 365 subscription is essential to work more efficient at home, work or school. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about your Office 365 experience! We're humbled to know that Office can help your family through school and work. If your young ones are in need of a guide or two for navigating Office, we've got just the thing: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/students/resources/default.aspx

      Additionally, our Support Center and Customer Support Team is always ready, willing, and able to help you and your family out whenever you need. Here's our link for both resources: https://support.office.com/

      From the Microsoft family to yours, cheers to productivity!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Tools and Features

    Posted
    Veganrichy
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Office 365 is a wonderful tool to use. The entire Microsoft suite is there, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Publisher. There are new features, such as customizations to ribbons, new templates to use and a sleeker design. The bonus to this is, you may back up your files with the included 1TB of cloud storage so that you can open your work, on the go, on any device. As long as you can log in to your Microsoft account from any computer with internet, you can download the file and continue working on a different PC, or you can work on the file directly online. Again, this is a very nice feature because it eliminates the use of a flash drive. The one issue that I feel Microsoft missed with 365 is the use of the annual subscription. Once you purchase the 365 pack, you need to renew your subscription, again, the following year of your purchase date. This to me is the worst decision Microsoft made. Yes, all of that cloud storage and access you have on-the-go is terrific, but it is quite costly. Especially if you have to renew your subscription each year. Yes, in order for you to continue using the Microsoft suite to edit files, you need to renew your subscription. You definitely keep your files, and you can open them. However, do not expect to reopen and work on your files after the subscription ends after one-year unless you plan to renew. Overall, the suite is still functional and the features and options are wonderful. However, where Microsoft failed is having people pay every year to use their software, which to me is the worst decision Microsoft made.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hey there,

      Thank you so much for sharing your perspective and thoughts with us. We feel our customers' feedback is invaluable. That being said, we would love to have your feedback on our UserVoice site: https://office365.uservoice.com/

      Thank you for being a member of the Microsoft family and cheers to your productivity!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The "Subscription idea" has many benefits

    Posted
    AlanD963
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’ve been a Microsoft Office user for years and at first was unsure of the idea of a ‘subscription’ to Office, but the more I read the details the better it sounded. If you purchased the regular home version of Office 2019 for $149.95 it would be for just one user’s devices, you get just three of the Office apps and of course no upgrades as the years go by and no storage space. The subscription provides SIX Office apps, plus Skype and one Terabyte of storage on OneDrive each for up to SIX different users with upgrades each month included all for $99.99 a year. I had a chance to use the free Microsoft support feature with my subscription when installing Office 365. I had an issue with my Microsoft account. I opened chat and a VERY helpful agent plowed through all the details with me and got me up and running with efficiency and a sense of humor. I had been using Microsoft Outlook 2010 on my computer and I was worried that when I upgraded to Office 365 I might lose all my saved emails in the transition. It was a needless worry. I removed Office 2010 which was on my machine (It was a 32-bit version and I installed the 64-bit version of 365 and the two didn’t play well together.) When I first opened my new version of Outlook I thought I was going to have to give it all my Comcast email details but lo and behold, all my emails were right there. It took care of everything behind the scenes. Bottom line, it seems like a no-brainer to get the ‘subscription 365’ if you’ve been using Microsoft Office all along anyway. If you decide at the end of the year it wasn’t worth it, you could always cancel and go back to the version you’re using now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello there!

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about Office 365! We're delighted to know all of the features you love - this kind of input helps us create better experiences for our customers! On that note, thank you for writing about your experience with our Customer Support Team.

      Moving forward with your Office 365 subscription, know that you always have free access to our Support Center and our Customer Support Team whenever you have a question. Reference both here: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1052010534860664833

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The favorites we love and more.

    Posted
    MemphisTechieRN
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I must admit that I am a "newb" to Office 365. My most recent version was Office 2016 Pro Plus. For some reason I had the false belief that the 365 variant was just a pay version of Microsoft's online offering. And (as usual) I was wrong. Since my internet speed in my home office is relatively fast (usually around 300Mb) I decided to download the ISO instead of the regular online installer. Upon clicking install, I was informed immediately that 365 and my previous stand-alone version would not play nice together. So I hesitantly uninstalled 2016 Pro Plus. Am I happy that I did? So far, a resounding YES! All of my documents/etc are still there. Everything I was used to previously. The 64bit version is a nice touch as well. "My Office" is now the hub to all the office programs. What is even nicer is that you are given 1TB (yes terabyte!) of OneDrive storage, and 60 minutes of Skype minutes each month. Just for using the product. These are definitely bonuses that I wasn't expecting. Now for the super-duper-coolest part - you can invite 5 other people to install office 365 (and they also get their own 1TB of OneDrive, and Skype minutes each month!!!!) In my opinion, those who haven't switched to the 365 variant SHOULD. As from what I understand, the standalone version will not receive updates and/or support as much as 365. What's to lose? And, if you decide to decide to sign up with automatic recurring payment, you will get a 13 month subscription instead of 12. All of this together, tells me that Office 365 is the way forward. And a positive way forward for Microsoft with their office suite. Get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello there!

      Thank you for such a resoundingly positive review! We loved reading it and we couldn't agree with you more! We're delighted to learn what you love about the new Office 365 software - your feedback helps us grow our products for your benefit.

      If you need a helping hand or want to learn more about the features of Office 365, check out our Support Center: https://support.office.com/

      At that link, you'll find hundreds of helpful articles as well as contact links to our Customer Support Team. Reference it anytime you need!

      Thanks for being a part of the Microsoft family!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Resistance Is Futile, Go With The Subscription!

    Posted
    Wraith
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    I have been using MS Office programs since Word 1.0 (and WordStar before that) and I have always owned my software and have been resisting the subscription service model for the longest time. Fortunately I went back for a Master's and taught for years so I could always get the education edition but now I can't. That being said, I have finally come around to the benefits of the Office 365 subscription. Microsoft has added on a bunch of benefits in addition to their dominant Office suite (sorry, the free stuff just doesn't cover it). The online storage and now the multiple accounts with multiple installs across platforms makes this a no-brainer. I would upgrade my software usually every other major revision and when I broke down the price it ended up being either the same as the subscription (at least early on) but now would actually be more expensive. More so if you include all the new benefits that the legacy suites didn't have. That, and always having the latest and greatest version is also very nice. There are still some software subscription packages that I think are still a rip-off but I no longer think the Office suite is one of them. You get a phenomenal amount of value out of all the programs and online storage. It is just my wife and I and I consider it a great value, if you have a few kids as well, this is an even better deal. Resistance is futile, but now I don't even want to resist. Microsoft made the deal so good, I'm running for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hello there,

      Thank you so much for your review - we value your feedback and appreciate your honesty.

      Additionally, congrats on making the switch to Office 365! We hope you continue to enjoy your Office experience throughout time. With your Office subscription, we want you to know that you have free and unlimited access to our Support Center website and Customer Support Team. You can check both our here: https://support.office.com/

      Thanks for being a member of the Microsoft family and cheers to your productivity!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very helpful in standardizing my software versions

    Posted
    SuperNona
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I must admit that, in the past, I've always purchased stand-alone versions of MS Office products for my family's computers. However, over time, the number of computers and therefore the various versions of MS Office have grown as I (and my children ... now adults) have replaced older computers, transitioned from desktops to laptops, and even migrated to and from Apple products. Still, throughout it all, we always used at least five copies of MS Office even though we sometimes struggled with some compatibility issues between the versions of software and had to remember to save files in formats compatible with older versions of the software. That said, I am pleased that we're all on the same version of MS Office now and although "renting" the software from year to year is taking me a little while to get used to, I'm beginning to think it was somewhat inevitable ... especially as Microsoft moves in that direction as a business model. As I see us continuing to be MS Office customers in the coming years, at least I don't have to worry about the various versions of software and which to upgrade and which to wait until I buy a new computer. All in all, I'm pleased with the transition and purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Office Sweet

    Posted
    neio11
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Microsoft Office 365 Home Microsoft Office 365 Home is a subscription based software and this version is $99 for 365 days (1 year). It comes with the usual Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for both Windows and Mac. Windows users gets Publisher and Access as well. Compared to the free office suite found on Mac computers, Microsoft Office offers more features and more templates. For Apple users like myself, Word and Excel on the iPad has a better user interface than Pages and Keynote. It is more widely used than any other office productivity suite so less worries sending documents to other people or businesses. It also includes services such as OneDrive for storing all your data (1TB of cloud storage per person) and Skype (60 minutes/month). You and 5 other users can use this on multiple computers (Windows and Mac) and smart devices (iOS and Android). Pros - Up to 6 users across all devices - Free updates with subscription Cons - Subscription based Apple's Office suite is FREE on the Mac and maybe that's why it is not as complete as the Microsoft Office suite. If you can bear the fact that it is subscription based, Office 365 is the way to go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      MicrosoftOutreachTeam

      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for your detailed review. We always appreciate customer feedback and are happy to learn from it. That being said, if you want to leave our developers direct feedback about Office 365, follow this link: https://office365.uservoice.com/

      Thanks for being a member of the Microsoft family!

      Sincerely,
      Jo
      Office Customer Care Microsoft

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything you expect from Microsoft Office

    Posted
    CCPD
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    It’s very easy to get started. All you have to do is follow the instructions for the digital download. You go to the Office website address listed in the instructions and enter the product code. Select auto-renew and enter payment details, or choose not to auto-renew, and Office installs and you’re ready to go. If you have a good high speed connection you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. If you sign up for auto-renewal, Microsoft will give you an extra month free. I’m not a big fan of subscription based software but the plus is you will always get the updates when they come out and you get Outlook, which you don’t get with Office Home and Student. It’s also nice to be able to use the software on multiple computers since my wife and I each have laptops plus the desktop at the house. I didn’t notice any big changes from previous versions of Office as the basic layout seems to remain the same, which is always a plus as nobody wants to have to relearn software they have become familiar with over the years. There are a number of free office programs out there you can use but we always end up going back to Microsoft Office due to features, compatibility and ease of use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not so great "install" on a great product

    Posted
    71FooManChu
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    I have had Microsoft Office on my home computers as long as I can remember. I used 'Word' and 'Excel' every day as well as 'Outlook' and 'Power Point'. My wife uses Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point extensively in her job as an Educator. This year, I was in "Best Buy" and happened to see the Office 365 for home use so I bought it. Then I remembered I had automatic renewal so got online and cancelled the Auto Renewal. Boy was that a mistake. It has now been about six weeks and after working with customer support for hours and hours I still do not have a functioning copy. I even had Microsoft support take over my computer and install it on One of my three Macs and 1 PC. As soon as the computer was turned off for the night; nothing works! Now, I have hundreds of files I cannot read and even mail I cannot access. If there were anything comparable I would not hesitate to use it. Unfortunately, I write for a living and simply cannot afford to try reformatting everything. I should mention that in the middle of all this, I Microsoft started requiring double passwords on their products but so far, no luck in having Microsoft recognizing new passwords.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    You are renting for 1 year

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    BluegrassBestBuyer
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    When you buy <> you are paying for 365 days of being able to access the software. The title says it all, right? If this product worked as well as a standard Office product that is installed on a computer the price would be worth it. However, this product is slower, has less features, and is not as user friendly as an installed version of Office. If price is a consideration, and you only need this product for 1 year, and you don't mind this product being slower than a standard Office product that is installed on your computer, then by all means get this product. We all know what Office is capable of and this product will do all that you need done. However, if speed is important to you, if you are used to Office and get frustrated when things are different, and you need access to your files for longer than a year you'll want to buy a different office productivity suite.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

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    laserwizard
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    I am usually slow to adopt cloud-based services, but Office 365 has changed my perspective. ( I first downloaded all of the programs thinking in the same old way of having a tangible (offline) version; then I went and set up my OneDrive and then started using Office 365 in a totally online experience. I love it. Regardless of what computer I am using (I use several throughout the day), I can access and update my files without having to have them on my computers' drives. I was so impressed that I moved my email access to outlook 365 for the same reason. Cloud based. I do need to note that I am having issues getting emails to deposit into certain files on the online version. There are rules set but the online is not sifting through incoming and putting these certain emails where I want them kept. Likely a user problem but I want to be fair that this is an issue. I did not have this issue with the one on my main laptop where i used the "program" to do some archiving early on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressed so far

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    Mauu
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    It was with some trepidation I bought the Office 365. I have never bought software with a "subscription" before. I have been using MS Word and Office for over 20 years now on various platforms (MS DOS, Windows, Mac OS, Classic Mac's). I have always bought the "full" version and eventually would get the new version either when I got a new computer or if I felt I needed an updated version. Well, now with having a couple of computers at home that are mine (MacBook and iMac) and a new Dell Laptop that is my wife's along with her old laptop it made sense to get a multi-license product. I got this on sale for $79 (discount with a new PC purchase) so it made sense to try for a year. I was able to download Office 2015 on all the computers mentioned about plus added the mobile versions to my iPhone, my wife's iPhone, and my iPad. The 1TB of OneDrive space for EACH user is great too. I didn't really use iCloud in the mac's due to the piddly 5GB without paying for more storage, but the 1TB one drive space is great. I can save my commonly used files there and access from any of my devices. It works well both on Windows and Mac. I haven't used the "online" version much but do like the new 2016 full versions. They do take a little getting used to but its not a long learning curve.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Office is getting layered

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    What5up
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    First time to try the 365 version of Office. I like the convenience and updates online without keeping up with another CD to load, but the light, low contrast and page layout of Outlook slows down the scanning of emails in my Inbox and other folders. I prefer the single line, black text in straight columns as before (Office 2007-sorry, I'm slow to upgrade). It also seems to be too much to strap on to this older technology all the new features and technology of online, live and SEO systems like the Google/Gmail enterprise. It just seems to be stacking changes and new capabilities in layers without a lot of smooth interaction. It really slows down my machine. The price was great for 5 licenses and it gives me a full-up capability for one year to allow me to decide if I'll stick with Office as I have since the beginning or finally drop it for a new generation of technology. When it became too hard to put two gmail accounts into the older Outlook, I was already on my way to shifting away from Office because now I have to go online to check one Gmail account and the other is my primary in Outlook. If I do drop Office I will greatly miss the sorting and searching ability of Outlook over Gmail, etc. I would still recommend it, with caution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Resitance Is Futile

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    GMan
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    SO... I've used various versions of Office for decades. A few years back I made the switch from Windows to Mac (And never looked back). At that time I got Office for Mac and have been very happy with it for the past several years. I decided to upgrade my iPad to a new iPad Pro and BestBuy was offering a bundle for Office 365 - 5 user including Mac and iPad. I was resistant at first to go "subscription" vs "owning" the disk; but I've grudingly come to accept that this is the new way of the software world. On the good side, I've already gotten several updates - so you are constantly up to date. Haven't used Outlook on the MAc; not sure I will. I like several things about Outlook and still use it at work on a PC; but I also like the simplicity of Apple Mail. One of my biggest interests in Office 365 was OneNote. I've played around with it a bit and I think it will soon be my "go to" application for arranging and storing various types of data. All in all - I'm happy the Office 365.

    I would recommend this to a friend