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Ego Man wrote:

Thanks everyone. Looks like I really got a deal when I bought my copy of office 2016 for $10 back in the day. It’s too bad I couldn’t do anything like that for my wife. She would use it mostly for her charity work and volunteering at my son’s high school

Is the charity work done through a nonprofit? She might be able to get it for free.

Do you still work for the same company? That $10 deal sounds like the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP), and that is how I buy Office for my house too. Check if you are still eligible, I bought Office 2019 on there last year and it was still cheap like that.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Do you still work for the same company? That $10 deal sounds like the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP), and that is how I buy Office for my house too. Check if you are still eligible, I bought Office 2019 on there last year and it was still cheap like that.

I even have my email from last year. Takes me to the 360 site now. I think they just decided that Saas is the best way to go

Ego, how much functionality does she need? Microsoft also offers online versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that are free to use.

Microsoft has pivoted towards services company-wide. Everything from Azure down to Xbox Game Pass.

The whole software services industry has gone that way.

Truth, but I think Microsoft's pivot is a pretty epic instance of corporate ship turning.

Well, yeah, but it's been in the works for literally years. Azure has been carefully put together to support the product strengths that MS had in the business and govt world, and it's been shoved on users at all levels. To be fair, the reliability and ease of use of many of these products has greatly improved with the move to cloud. Teams, for example, is far better than Skype.

It's sometimes hard for me to not still think of Microsoft in 1990s terms.

It was hard for me, too. But all the big companies are radically different now. Oracle is cloud-based. MS is best known for Azure and O365. The most successful IAAS company in the world is an online retail outfit. And Apple's strength is not desktops, but phones and tablets.

And pc gaming has *still* not died lol.

Robear wrote:

It was hard for me, too. But all the big companies are radically different now. Oracle is cloud-based. MS is best known for Azure and M365. The most successful IAAS company in the world is an online retail outfit. And Apple's strength is not desktops, but phones and tablets.

And pc gaming has *still* not died lol.

One small correction, since MSFT just killed Office.

Really? That must be why I got an invite to a "Tech Update" video at work today lol. I had not heard that, thanks.

Robear wrote:

Really? That must be why I got an invite to a "Tech Update" video at work today lol. I had not heard that, thanks.

Yeah it's all variations of M365 now, for personal to business use. But Office 2019 does still exist as a standalone non-SaaS product. My company is Microsoft's AOR for comms, so we get to be all up on this stuff.

I mean, I literally got an email from our IT department that in a week or so, I need to install O365 on my system as we are fully migrating to it. They didn't know about the branding change either, apparently. And, I mean, we are an MS reseller lol.

Robear wrote:

I mean, I literally got an email from our IT department that in a week or so, I need to install O365 on my system as we are fully migrating to it. They didn't know about the branding change either, apparently. And, I mean, we are an MS reseller lol.

oops--we aren't directly involved in partner comms, but that's def a miss if the update wasn't clearly communicated to you!

I've been really busy, but I don't recall an email that said "Hey Partners, Office 365 is now Microsoft 365", or whatever. Maybe it's all in the Partner site, but a push email would have been nice.

Not a question, but I wanted to share this here in case it's useful to someone.

I have a Gameguru i5-3570K build from 2012 that's been going strong with zero issues with core components. A couple weeks ago it started acting quirky while booting up, requiring me to go to BIOS setup before posting. Then a couple of days ago, it started completely failing to post - fans would spin up and LEDs would light up, but black screen, no video output, no power to mouse/keyboard.

At first I thought maybe the BIOS had become corrupted somehow, so I tried using the ASUS USB flashback utility to reflash the BIOS. This appeared to complete successfully, but I still got fans and lights and nothing else. I reseated data and power cables and RAM, looked for any obvious signs of damage - nothing. I began to suspect that either the motherboard or PSU were toast.

As I was generally panicking and flailing about, I messaged Gameguru, and he suggested I check the motherboard's CMOS battery - a part that I had completely forgotten about, because it was hidden by the huge cooler on the GPU. I pulled the GPU, swapped the battery (a standard CR2032), made sure everything was reinstalled nice and snug, powered up the PC...

...and it posted and booted into Windows.

And that is how a $.30 battery can fail and render your PC completely inoperable, and how you can solve the problem with a new $.30 battery and 5 mins of work.

Yeah, I was wondering about the battery at first, but then wasn't expecting all the symptoms you were getting. The black screen and no boot at all is kind of weird. Most older systems will boot up, but forget all their settings; not booting up at all is a new one, and I'm not at all sure I would have suggested looking there.

Thanks for the tip, will have to remember that. That's a very cheap and easy thing to try.

Wow yeah my battery was dead for a long time but the only impact was losing my clock and uefi settings if the computer lost power.

Yeah, the symptoms did not seem to match the solution at all! I was completely stunned when it posted after swapping that battery.

Sorry about this, but apparently my wife really wants office. Is this a legitimate offer? I realize the version is older but there are only a few comments and they seem old.

Thanks again

It says "Currently Unavailable" with no time to come back into stock... But it is from Microsoft, so...

O365 Home is $100 a year, but that gets you six seats and 6TB of cloud storage, with the full suite of software. It's not a bad deal, actually...

Robear wrote:

It says "Currently Unavailable" with no time to come back into stock... But it is from Microsoft, so...

Be wary that is just the manufacturer field that is not the seller field and it doesn't mean that that is a legitimate copy. Though if you do buy a jank license from a reputable site MS might give you a legit license if you provide them with proof of purchase. They did that with the Windows 10 Pro license I bought from NewEgg that ended up not being Windows 10 Pro.

Rykin wrote:
Robear wrote:

It says "Currently Unavailable" with no time to come back into stock... But it is from Microsoft, so...

Be wary that is just the manufacturer field that is not the seller field and it doesn't mean that that is a legitimate copy. Though if you do buy a jank license from a reputable site MS might give you a legit license if you provide them with proof of purchase. They did that with the Windows 10 Pro license I bought from NewEgg that ended up not being Windows 10 Pro.

that is one of things I hate most about Amazon... right behind combining reviews for multiple different products into one listing, though at least that is filterable now.

Well, that explains a few things in the past... Good catch Rykin. I sometimes forget the difference in the fields.

Ego Man wrote:

Sorry about this, but apparently my wife really wants office. Is this a legitimate offer? I realize the version is older but there are only a few comments and they seem old.

Thanks again

I would really go with Office 365 or Microsoft 365 (or whatever it's called) subscription service because you will always be working with the most recent thing, not have to worry about whether or not your stuff is backed up because of cloud storage, can use it both online and offline, so internet connection isn't mandatory once everything is installed, and you can use it on practically any device. I use it on my desktop as well as my Android phone and even have it installed on my Kindle Fire because I did the thing to install the Google play store on it that allows me to use nearly any Android app. You also don't even need to install everything, so if you only want Word and Excel, you can just install those until and if you want or need something else, but it's all included.

Robear wrote:

It says "Currently Unavailable" with no time to come back into stock... But it is from Microsoft, so...

O365 Home is $100 a year, but that gets you six seats and 6TB of cloud storage, with the full suite of software. It's not a bad deal, actually...

If you buy what you need for $200 or $300, and use it for five years, you're substantially ahead. Subscription-based cloud storage strikes me as a fairly bad idea, since that means your data can evaporate if you stop paying.

Malor wrote:
Robear wrote:

It says "Currently Unavailable" with no time to come back into stock... But it is from Microsoft, so...

O365 Home is $100 a year, but that gets you six seats and 6TB of cloud storage, with the full suite of software. It's not a bad deal, actually...

If you buy what you need for $200 or $300, and use it for five years, you're substantially ahead. Subscription-based cloud storage strikes me as a fairly bad idea, since that means your data can evaporate if you stop paying.

You can store your data locally too just like with installed software.

I have Office on disk as well as the subscription service, but find the subscription more useful to be able to use anywhere and on whatever device I'm using at the time. If you're only going to use it on a single, designated computer, then it might be worth comparing costs.

Malor wrote:
Robear wrote:

It says "Currently Unavailable" with no time to come back into stock... But it is from Microsoft, so...

O365 Home is $100 a year, but that gets you six seats and 6TB of cloud storage, with the full suite of software. It's not a bad deal, actually...

If you buy what you need for $200 or $300, and use it for five years, you're substantially ahead. Subscription-based cloud storage strikes me as a fairly bad idea, since that means your data can evaporate if you stop paying.

It could but the standard practice is to stop allowing you to save additional files until you start paying again.

I don’t think my wife would need the cloud storage or the ability to use it on multiple devices. She is looking at a 2016 download so I don’t think the latest and greatest is what she needs. I’d love to transfer the license I bought through work when it was available but I suspect I cannot