Microsoft Office 2010

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Little (or dubious) value for money"

    September 1, 2012  |   By Batavia1629

    Pros

    a) when upgrading from a previous MS office version:
    - very little to nothing

    b) when using MS office for the first time:
    - seamlessly and intuitive in comparison other others office packages
    - overall a good office package

    Cons

    a) when upgrading from a previous MS office version:
    - pay quite some money for new look and feel but little functional change/improvement
    - substantial increase of the overall costs in comparison to the previous MS Office environments, due to:
    + the separate billing for Outlook now (previous part of MS Office)
    + and for example for the individual billing
    of every additional language package. (till MS Office 2003
    you got for the same price -all- language packages at once:
    search for MS Proofing tools)
    - backward compatibility to previous MS Office versions missing, therefore no seamlessly change for long-time users possible. (for example is the missing of a look and feel like MS Office 2003 a deficit)

    b) when using MS office for the first time:
    - the additional benefit of value for this much money in comparison to other Office packages and especial free Office packages is dubious

    Summary

    In comparison to Microsoft's company size, capabilities and the experience and knowledge they company should have obtained over the many years with MS Office, is MS Office 2010 a disappointing follow-up result.

    Nevertheless it has also to be admitted, that this product compared to other major Office packages(CNET lacks these comparisons) like Corel's Office, Lotus, Open Office, Libre Office, online Office solutions, etc., that is in most cases still the better product.

    But if then its price is additionally taken into account and compared with the other office packages becomes this functional advantage arguable.

    The additional price paid for this functional advantage is very high.

    Perhaps disproportional or perhaps not, as this is what its costs to achieve this additional functional advantage, or perhaps is this price driven by dependency of the world for this product.

    Anyway Microsoft invests also much effort after a release of a MS Office package, by all the updates that follow-up etc. to maintain and assure a continuous good working product. And perhaps is this higher price for MS Office then again justified.

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