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Microsoft Office
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:46:22 PM »
I just picked up a new laptop, don’t wanna pay recurring fees to Microsoft, I use Word & occasionally Excel.  I have a copy of Office 2013 but it won’t install.  Thoughts on getting a cheap licensed version of Office or other options?  Thanks
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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2021, 11:41:17 PM »
I just installed Apache OpenOffice, will give a try.  I tried it years ago and it wasn’t great, will see if it improved.
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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 01:38:00 AM »
You can add Windows 7 to Windows 10 system, called a dual boot, switch it over to seven and download the older programs and run as needed.
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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2021, 01:53:26 AM »
Google docs and Google sheets work pretty well and support word and excel files

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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2021, 11:32:09 AM »
why won't office 2013 install?

Yeah I don't like the new business model of virtually every software company.. let's lock you into yearly fees instead of actually owning the software.

At least in this case for most people the older versions of office are fine.

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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2021, 04:31:04 PM »
why won't office 2013 install?

Yeah I don't like the new business model of virtually every software company.. let's lock you into yearly fees instead of actually owning the software.

At least in this case for most people the older versions of office are fine.

Repeatedly reports “an unknown error has occurred”
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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2021, 05:31:18 PM »
Repeatedly reports “an unknown error has occurred”

That is strange, may be a corrupted install file - if you've got a key for it maybe try to find another copy of the same version.

I've got an old copy of Office 2007 that's registered to a college or something for mass installation - that works fine. Interface is dated but it works, runs on Windows 10, etc.

For my current install I splurged on one of those grey-market keys on eBay for "Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus" - also works fine. Not sure it'd install a 2nd time and get the all-clear from Microsoft, but I can just reinstall the drive image with it already working so it's fine. I think the key cost like $17, definitely under $20.

Libre Office and other free alternatives work too, but if you're working with people using actual Microsoft versions and sending files back and forth you can never be 100% sure it's going to look the same on their end. Borders, spacing, etc. - may look great on your side but when they open it everything is off and looks unprofessional.

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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2021, 02:05:59 AM »
office 2013 magically "becomes unsupported" or loses it's key under windows 10. whatever.

they know what they do. you can still "km$" 2016 or 2k19. it's all a bag of doughnuts...

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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2021, 06:28:19 AM »
I'm running Open Office 4.1.5, have used it for over ten years.  Works very similar to Word; reads Word files - text, presentations, drawings, spreadsheets, etc.  Has greatly improved over the years, and the best part of it is the cost:  zip! 
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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2021, 04:39:47 PM »
openoffice was the only decent one a few years ago when I had to pick a freebie.  It was actually pretty good, so can only imagine its gotten better over the years.
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Re: Microsoft Office
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2021, 10:31:48 AM »
Thanks all for the responses, much appreciated
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