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on 8 May 2017
Good price. Windows 365 followed as an option when I recently bought a new laptop. But since I'm not interested in paying 80 euro each year I bought this Office 2013 version instead. Easy download. Managed to uninstall W-365 (but preparation run time for this took time), and then install this 2013 version.
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on 14 April 2017
After several years of use there cannot be a complaint, though in quality, the 2013 edition is relatively remedial compared to the 2007 edition, particularly in design content. Slow timing in opening programmes also the default settings on Word have never functioned. Will buy the 2017 edition, if it arrives on the basis of the same standards as 2007 being a possibility.
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on 17 March 2017
I like the fact you get proper Excel and full-featured Powerpoint along with Word. I don't want to be paying every year for my software (Office 365), so this suits me just fine.
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on 30 March 2017
Doing my NVQ I needed a decent writing software and this was perfect. Does the job perfectly. Universal as every system uses Microsoft. Not a bad price either
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on 24 April 2017
Downloaded perfectly. Very easy to install. Does exactly what it says!
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on 16 May 2017
Thank you
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on 10 April 2017
Easy to download and a great product.
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VINE VOICEon 22 July 2013
Platform: PC|Edition: Home and Student Edition|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The 'free' office programmes or alternatives by other manufacturers simply don't come near Office 2013. This software gives its all to make your day productive and to make your output compatible, sharable and editable by the vast majority of the known universe.

PowerPoint 2013 has fantastic new themes. a tidier and even more efficient ribbon and like all the other items in the suite has a wonderful new look that is just like using your browser.
Excel 2013 is neater and brighter, and particularly clear in its presentation of data.
Word 2013 is just the latest and best of these excellent series of Word processing programmes. It is a creditable DTP suite also.

A OneNote licence is also included.

Office 2010 was good, but only built on the huge step forward that was Office 2007. Office 2013 is also a huge leap forward, if only because it is aimed at the cloud user. By default your programmes are saved to your cloud drive, and 20Gb is provided free. It is simplicity to save to your hard drive or USB stick, but SkyDrive is a superb system of storage that you can access anywhere on any device. This change seems like an imposition, but when you have used it for a month you will never go back.

This pack is a fully downloadable version of all 4 programmes for you to keep on your hard drive, but will only install on 1 PC. I stress that there is no disc provided, but that isn't a problem, and when we live in a world where optical drives are starting to be phased out this actually makes things easier on installing.

Unless you want Access, this is the suite to buy, and you will never look back from Office 2013 - this is the version to buy!
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on 3 March 2013
This does pretty much exactly the same thing as previous versions of Microsoft office but with a few new cloud storage features and other small refinements. It is fully functional though but it will only work on a fairly recent computer (the requirements are windows 7 or 8). The biggest downside is the licence is for one computer only which makes it cost more than the previous version which was for three computers. As long as it is the industry standard expect similar behaviour from Microsoft in the future where it may become a in the cloud product only. Otherwise a fairly good product but only worth buying if you really need it.
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Microsoft have two major income streams. The largest is from licensing Windows and the second is from Office.

Income from Windows was much reduced on the release of Windows 7 and has dropped further since Windows 8 was released. The corporate buyers are refusing to commit to either upgrade and that is where the big bucks should derive. Office provided a steady, but not dramatically large, income stream for many years but the impact of freebies such as Open Office and Libre Office and the costs of licensing hundreds and possibly thousands of users makes the no-cost alternatives very attractive. To add to the problem, employees using Libre or Open Office may well be tempted to use the same software at home and the truth is that many have. Many of these freebies are functionally identical to the mainstream products in all but a few little-used areas and, interface aside, few will notice or regret the move from the paid-for product.

Microsoft needed to come up with an alternative plan and the current license model where the license is not transferable from one user to another or from one machine to its successor owned by the same user may seem attractive to MS, especially if the annual, renewable license is chosen which produces a guaranteed income for a number of years. Adobe use a similar model and some suggest that it is negatively affecting their sales. It is less than attractive to most potential purchasers.

Unless there is an absolute necessity to remain loyal to MS Office, perhaps if the extra modules included with the Professional version or above (Visio, for example) are an essential, or especially if you want to to have a unified user interface with Windows 8 - the product which alone is internally considered an economic failure within Microsoft - then you will lose little by adopting one of the freebies.

The current deal makes little sense to the end-user and those who have Office 2007 or 2010 may wish to continue using them. The differences are slight and primarily GUI-related.

As the software is not provided on media, it needs to be downloaded and for many it is a less than simple solution as their connections don't have the needed speed or consistency. With some ISP's tendency to unannounced arbitrary disconnections, you may need to attempt several downloads before succeeding with one. Paying close to £100 for this annoying privilege, is not a good deal.

No longer recommended!

POSTSCRIPT @ 07-2013

Although purchasing a licensed copy from a legitimate source, it has twice negated the registration after a single use. I have decided to call it a day with this nonsense and have switched to using LibreOffice 4. It is a freebie, is problem free and compatible with all the MS Office alternatives that I am likely ever to use or need.

Although MS have apparently responded to some of the end-user and press reactions to this software, I feel wholly unable to offer a recommendation and strongly suggest using one or other of the excellent freebies that exist. Save your money!
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