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Fizz

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Posted: 04/25/21 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is news to me.
You have to be online much like Google Docs.
You use it within the browser but it can create a shortcut to a more finished looking app.

They explain it better than I can here....

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Posted: 04/25/21 11:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not to put too fine a note on that, it is Microsoft Word, and not Microsoft Office. I use Open Office, but it looks like that would work for most word processing.


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Fizz

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Posted: 04/25/21 12:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you actually read and follow the link??
It includes word, excel, power point, outlook and a few others, all in one tidy bundle.

Not for everybody but it's there.

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Posted: 04/25/21 04:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Free?

Sort of, if you don't mind being the "product" as part of the free data slurping that will happen..

Per link above..

"All you need is a Microsoft account and a data connection. Head to ‘the official Office website in your browser of choice, enter your login credentials and choose ‘Microsoft Word’. Office Online offers more than just Microsoft Word, too, with Excel, Powerpoint, and much more also available for free.

Using Microsoft Word online is a lot like Google Docs, in that you have automatic cloud backups of your work with OneDrive. You also have the ability to collaborate with other people in real-time. This isn’t the full version of Microsoft Word, but it looks the same and has all the basic suite of features that the majority of people will need access to."


There may be other silly limitations like making saving a document to your own device a real pain.

If you want full featured Office with zero limitations this is not one of those things.

Can't find 2019 online version limitations but as of 2017 there was way to many limitations to MS word that reduced it to functionality between Notepad and Wordpad and those Web versions required your documents to be online only in order to edit them.. My DD has used it but those limitations can be extremely frustrating at times.

HEREis a list of known limitations from 2017..

I would suggest trying to research exactly what limitations exist before putting all the eggs in the web browser free version..

You can also use older versions of MS Office even on Win10, I have Office 2000 with compatibility pack (allows open and save in newer "docx" format) installed and running perfectly fine on Win10.. If you have a legit copy of newer versions you can install them on Win10.

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Posted: 04/25/21 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gdetrailer wrote:

Free?

Sort of, if you don't mind being the "product" as part of the free data slurping that will happen..



And yet here you are a 'product' on one of the largest 'data slurping' forums on the Internet.

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Posted: 04/25/21 06:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fizz wrote:

Did you actually read and follow the link??
It includes word, excel, power point, outlook and a few others, all in one tidy bundle.

Not for everybody but it's there.
Yes, I did follow the link and read the article, and it said: "How to download and use Microsoft Word for free". I saw nothing in the link/article about MS Office. Maybe you put in the wrong link?

On Edit: I did miss that one sentence: "Office Online offers more than just Microsoft Word, too, with Excel, Powerpoint, and much more also available for free." Oops.

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Posted: 04/26/21 06:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It would not download to my laptop but implied I could only use it with an app which I guess means mobile smartphone. I don't really need it but wanted to check it out for future use and yes I logged into my MS account. Cheers

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Posted: 04/26/21 02:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, it looks like it's a phone thing. No use to me.

I use Open Office on my PC and Google Docs when I'm collaborating online. I have a full installation of MS Office but I don't use it.

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Posted: 04/27/21 05:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fizz wrote:

Gdetrailer wrote:

Free?

Sort of, if you don't mind being the "product" as part of the free data slurping that will happen..



And yet here you are a 'product' on one of the largest 'data slurping' forums on the Internet.


Forums?

Yeah, not so much "data slurping" as the forum it's self goes blind if I remove the "cookie" from the browser and even with the forum cookie it isn't reading all of my files on my PC. The forum is only getting the information I post and just minor tracking (I control what the forum gets).

Forum does not slurp through my personal files 24/7 like photos and documents placed in the cloud either.

Once you put your photos and documents out in the "cloud" you give up all control of that data and it now becomes public domain in spite of what you may think. It is why companies are so willing to offer "free" things like free online data storage, free programs and utilities, free "APs".

If you don't mind becoming more of the "product" and less of an individual then 100% free online stuff is for you.

There is a cost associated with free so in reality is is not free.

But back on subject, the web browser version of MS Office might work for some as long as they can work within the limitations.

There is other ways to get full fledged 100% real MS Office at a substantially reduced cost. If you are working for a company that has qualified MS Products and are paying for support on those qualified products that company may qualify to be in the HUP or Home Users Program.

HUP program has substantially reduced cost licenses for MS Office products..

Yrs ago I bought full MS Office 2016 for $15..

I believe MS Office 2019 was offered for $20 through the HUP program..

Takes some digging to find the full download version on HUP as MS has buried it to sell Office 365 as their flagship product.

The caveat with HUP is the license is technically only good while you continue to work for that company. Leave the company, you are not legally licensed to use those HUP products any more..

Additionally, if you are a "student" (which can be grade school through college) you can buy the "student version" at a reduced cost. The student version is missing database and perhaps a few other things but not as crippled as the web browser version.

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Posted: 04/28/21 09:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Work?

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