Microsoft Word & Co.

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  1. Ingo Breuer

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    I need a new text editor and I think about getting Microsoft Word. For the past 3 years I used 602Pro Suite. I recently lost the program and it wasn't good. Does anybody know where I can get the best deal on Microsoft Word? Microsoft sells it for an outrageous $229. The student edition of Microsoft Office costs $79 at Wal-Mart, but what makes the student edition so "cheap"?
    What I expect out of a text editor is to print labels in all shapes and sizes (so I can label my tracts and ministry mail), print booklets (gospel tracts). I expect the program to arrange and print the pages of a document in order, so all I have to do is copy, fold & staple.
    Is Microsoft Word able to do that or what kind of text editor would be more recommendable (& affordable) for that task?
     
  2. gb93433

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    I don't know all the details but you have to be a student or teacher to buy at student prices. As far as I know that is the only difference.
     
  3. Don

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    Unless you just really want MS Word, I'd suggest you go to www.openoffice.org and download their software package.

    OpenOffice is about 50 megs, it's compatible with MS Office (I've had some problems with macro conversions between Excel and their spreadsheet, but so far nothing big), and it's free. Yep, free.

    You can save files as MS Office documents.

    Otherwise, you're gonna have to shell out the $229, or start taking a class to get the student discount.
     
  4. td

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    I believe the main difference in the Student-Teacher Edition is that it does not include Access, Publisher or Front Page
     
  5. John Owen

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    I guess maybe there are different packages for students or something. My sister is a student and she was able to get the full Microsoft Office 2003 Suite for free via a download from her school's secure site, or gotten it for $20 from the school bookstore, the same for WordPerfect's Office Suite.
     
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    Your sister's school must have a campus agreement
     
  7. Greg Linscott

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    I would recommend open office, or if you want slightly better compatibility you can pay 70 bucks for Star Office 7, I have not seen any problems with compatibility. You can save files in Word formats, or rtf, and several others.

    I would never recommend that someone pay an exorbitant price for a mediocre office suite, which will than be made obsolete by next year's new versions that looks different and has the same functionality, which will again cost an exorbitant fee to upgrade to. Microsoft hasn't designed a good piece of software in quite a while
     
  9. td

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    Downloaded Open Office just to give it a look and compare with my MS Office2000. Virtually the same functions as MS Office but not as many templates or wizards available. Overall, it's really pretty good for a free application!
     
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    We have the MS Office Student Edition (my daughter is a sophmore).

    My wife worked with MS Office for six years in the office she worked in, and she will tell you that the version we have is not missing anything as far as Word and Excel go. As for PowerPoint ans Outlook, we have never used them (yet), so we couldn't tell you. But the entire suite does come with the student version.

    Oh, and we paid $138 for ours about a year ago. My wife bought me a new computer, but told me she was getting MS office for HER! Who was I to tell her no?

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  11. Ingo Breuer

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    I downloaded OpenOffice. The program is really good and helps me a lot. Create pdf's, brochures, spreadsheets .... the program runs a little slow, but the best is the price: it is free!! That's about what I can afford.

    Another plus about OpenOffice is that it comes from Microsoft's competitor Sun Microsystems. Microsoft has gotten a little too powerful, too dominant. Bill Gates is not God. This monopoly has to be broken apart for the benefit of the consumer. Especially since there were flaws in Windows 2000 and some secret involvement by the Scientology cult, we need to be a little bit more critical of what Microsoft is doing.
     

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