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New Microsoft Office subscription bundle to hit in mid-July
ZDNet ^ | 2008-07-03 | Mary Jo Foley

Posted on 07/03/2008 7:41:52 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Microsoft has given its new Office-based software-plus-service bundle a new name — “Equipt” — and a due date (mid-July), company officials said on July 2.

Equipt is the product/service that was formerly codenamed “Albany” (and inside Microsoft, known as “ValueBox”). Equipt, which Microsoft describes as its “essential set of software and services for consumers,” includes a version of Office Home and Student 2007; Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s PC management/security bundle; a few Windows Live communication/collaboration services; and Office Live Workspace, Microsoft’s online-collaboration add-on to Office.

Equipt will cost $69.99 annually (for a license that can be installed on three PCs in a user’s home). If and when Microsoft introduces any updates to any of the Equipt components during the year, subscribers will be entitled to receive them automatically for free as part of their paid subscription.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.zdnet.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: equipt; lowqualitycrap; microsoft

1 posted on 07/03/2008 7:41:53 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: ShadowAce

Tech ping


2 posted on 07/03/2008 7:42:08 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("Facts are stubborn things." –Ronald Reagan)
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To: rabscuttle385

Microsoft Vaporware would be a more appropriate name.


3 posted on 07/03/2008 7:45:43 AM PDT by thepatriot1 (...brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue)
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To: thepatriot1

Que graphic of “Nail on the head”. =/


4 posted on 07/03/2008 7:48:13 AM PDT by EarthBound (Ex Deo,gratia. Ex astris,scientia (Who the hell do I vote for now?))
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To: EarthBound

5 posted on 07/03/2008 7:50:07 AM PDT by null and void (every Muslim, the minute he can differentiate, carries hate of Americans, Jews & Christians - OBL)
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To: rabscuttle385
Microsoft's response to people still hanging on to their copies of Office 2000 which didn't require verification on installation from MS and still works perfectly well.
6 posted on 07/03/2008 7:52:00 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Whale oil: the renewable biofuel for the 21st century.)
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To: null and void

That looks pleasant. I’ll bet he’s great at parties.


7 posted on 07/03/2008 7:52:54 AM PDT by EarthBound (Ex Deo,gratia. Ex astris,scientia (Who the hell do I vote for now?))
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To: rabscuttle385

> Equipt will cost $69.99 annually (for a license that
> can be installed on three PCs in a user’s home). If
> and when Microsoft introduces any updates to any of
> the Equipt components during the year, subscribers will
> be entitled to receive them automatically for free as
> part of their paid subscription.

And only someone with terminal government school brain
damage would see any of this as beneficial.

$70/yr is not “free”.

Existing buyers of Office get free updates until the
next major rev is released. Is that about to change?

Thanks, MSFT, for making OpenOffice more attractive
than ever.


8 posted on 07/03/2008 7:55:39 AM PDT by Boundless (Legacy Media is hazardous to your mental health)
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To: EarthBound
Ooops sorry.

Nail ON head:


9 posted on 07/03/2008 7:55:55 AM PDT by null and void (every Muslim, the minute he can differentiate, carries hate of Americans, Jews & Christians - OBL)
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To: Boundless

Have you seen the nearly opaque user interface on the new versions of Orifice?

Gah!


10 posted on 07/03/2008 7:57:28 AM PDT by null and void (every Muslim, the minute he can differentiate, carries hate of Americans, Jews & Christians - OBL)
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To: null and void

Thanks for hammerin’ it home.


11 posted on 07/03/2008 7:57:32 AM PDT by EarthBound (Ex Deo,gratia. Ex astris,scientia (Who the hell do I vote for now?))
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To: Boundless; Golden Eagle
And only someone with terminal government school brain damage would see any of this as beneficial.

Nope.

I bet the iggle is all in favor...

12 posted on 07/03/2008 8:01:32 AM PDT by null and void (every Muslim, the minute he can differentiate, carries hate of Americans, Jews & Christians - OBL)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

13 posted on 07/03/2008 9:22:16 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: KarlInOhio

I have some machines running Linux, and Open Office I use for writing and work, email and browsing the Internet.

I use my XP Pro machine exclusively for gaming. Nothing else.

I can write just fine with Open Office, and do all the same things you can do with MS Office. I don’t use anything MS if I don’t have to.

Since my games do not run well under Linux (if at all) I keep machines for that.

Otherwise, real work is accomplished with linux and other open source applications that aren’t paid for, and no one is forcing me to license them.


14 posted on 07/03/2008 10:11:44 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (http://www.transasianaxis.com - Please visit for latest on DPRK/Russia/China/et al.)
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To: null and void

You’d be wrong like normal. This is like those silly open source support contracts, where you have to pay every single year and in the end are paying twice or three times as much. Rentacenter for the net, count me out.


15 posted on 07/03/2008 10:30:57 AM PDT by Golden Eagle (In God We Trust)
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To: Golden Eagle

Day-am.

A sure sign of the End Times...


16 posted on 07/03/2008 10:33:45 AM PDT by null and void (every Muslim, the minute he can differentiate, carries hate of Americans, Jews & Christians - OBL)
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To: rabscuttle385
New Microsoft Office subscription bundle to hit in mid-July

Well, "bundle" isn't bad but I think "steaming heap" would be more descriptive and give a more accurate mental picture.

17 posted on 07/03/2008 10:35:38 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Typical white person)
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To: rabscuttle385

I am late to this party. I don’t like the price point but I do like the idea. OpenOffice no matter what anybody says is not as good as Office, by any stretch of the imagination. However when it costs just $149 to upgrade Office in the first place with a 3-4 year release schedule 70 dollars a year doesnt cut it all. IF MS offered it at 49 a year it would be a much better idea.
THe rest of the anti-MS buffoons may continue with there diatribe.


18 posted on 07/03/2008 11:11:05 AM PDT by aft_lizard (One animal actually its eats its own brains to conserve energy, we call them liberals.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Equipt is the product/service that was formerly codenamed “Albany”

Then that Spitzer thing happened.

19 posted on 07/03/2008 12:06:22 PM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: rabscuttle385
Equipt is the product/service that was formerly codenamed “Albany”

Then that Spitzer thing happened.

20 posted on 07/03/2008 12:06:37 PM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh, great. More software I don’t own.

I like MS office, I really do. Especially Office 2003 that I have on disk, that was given to me. I have linux on a few computers that come with Open Office, or Koffice, or whathaveyou. They all work. MS is insane.


21 posted on 07/03/2008 3:13:52 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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