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MS Word/Office - Do they not come pre-installed on computers anymore?

6 10 September 8, 2019 at 11:32 AM
Is the only option for having Microsoft Word or Microsoft Office on your computer to buy a subscription and pay for it YEARLY?

If so, is there any way around that? Are there any alternative and comparable programs? I just feel like the yearly subscription price is too high for the amount of time we would actually use the program....but my daughter does need Word for school and I might occasionally use Word or Excel, but not too frequently.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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My kids get it for free through the MS Education program. Sounds like this is perfect for you!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/e...cts/office
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You can still buy standalone Office, but it's $150. Check with your daughters school to see if they offer any deals.

Office 365 Home comes with 6 licenses, so you can see if any friends/family also need Office and split it with them.

LibreOffice, OpenOffice or Google (Docs, Sheets, Slides) are all free alternatives. They're all mostly compatible with their Office equivalents, especially if you're not a power user.
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Wife gets the HUP through her work
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You can buy keys on ebay, people sell school licenses for cheap. No guarantee it will last though,
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With LibreOffice, you can go into the options and set it to save to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Powerpoint files by default and even have it warn you if you are saving in the non-default file version. So if you need to share your files, the isn't ay unexpected issues with people getting a file format they are not expecting.

I've never had any issues with the writer and spreadsheet options. If you are heavy on powerpoint, sometimes there are display issues with how it renders from an original Microsoft Office to LibreOffice or vice-versa.

LibreOffice and OpenOffice can easily be installed using Ninite. Since you are referring to preinstalled software, I'm assuming you are setting up a new system. You may find it useful for taking care of several programs at once.
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Wife gets the HUP through her work
Not sure if all HUP agreements follow the same pricing, but our HUP just changed from a one-time $10 permanent license to $40/year.

I would add to the OP, though, that Office rarely came pre-installed and licensed on home computers in the past, unless you specifically paid extra for that option. It's never been a throw-in freebie on PCs.
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Not sure if all HUP agreements follow the same pricing, but our HUP just changed from a one-time $10 permanent license to $40/year.

I would add to the OP, though, that Office rarely came pre-installed and licensed on home computers in the past, unless you specifically paid extra for that option. It's never been a throw-in freebie on PCs.
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I think the beta/preview versions, what Microsoft calls Insider, is free:
https://insider.office.com/en-us/
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Not sure if all HUP agreements follow the same pricing, but our HUP just changed from a one-time $10 permanent license to $40/year.

I would add to the OP, though, that Office rarely came pre-installed and licensed on home computers in the past, unless you specifically paid extra for that option. It's never been a throw-in freebie on PCs.
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If you join the Microsoft Developer Program, you get a license for Office 365 Enterprise E3 that is good for 3 months initially and can be extended indefinitely.
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Not sure if all HUP agreements follow the same pricing, but our HUP just changed from a one-time $10 permanent license to $40/year.

I would add to the OP, though, that Office rarely came pre-installed and licensed on home computers in the past, unless you specifically paid extra for that option. It's never been a throw-in freebie on PCs.
Wife received her email last week that the program has changed to the yearly cost Frown
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Just to articulate the answer to the OP's question a little differently:

A lot of computers do come with MS Office pre-"installed". Unfortunately, there's no license key included so it just prompts you to sign in to an Office 365 account or to enter a product key. This version exists basically as a placeholder to make it simpler for people to get up and running since they typically don't distribute the software via anything but a download link these days.

This demo version may be able to view documents like the free viewers they used to distribute (not sure).
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