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  Reply # 753264 30-Jan-2013 13:58
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Shipping's often used as an excuse, but shipping a small package to NZ is cheap. Digital delivery gets around that too. The exchange rate has been great for importing for years. Consumer support and guarantees, meh, didn't even know M$ offered support unless you paid per incident.

This is why I buy a lot of software overseas. VPNs and reshippers make things much easier these days.




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  Reply # 753382 30-Jan-2013 17:23
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Just purchased the single PC version (Microsoft Office Professional Plus) via HUP and in case anyone is interested it cost $9.95 for the suite and $25 for the optional extra backup DVD which I opted for... (so basically cost me $35)

You can choose whether you want to install the 32 or 64 bit version...

Apart from the rather bland looking white themed Outlook (with the only other colour options being light or dark grey) I am pretty happy after a couple of hours of playing to be satisfied that I can go ahead and uninstall my previous Office suite...

A couple of initial observations...

I am really liking the new mail notification "envelope" icon appearing in the (windows 8) task bar where I have pinned Outlook as well as the system tray.

Outlook has some nice/interesting view/look customisations... The ability to have the first, second or third line of the message as a small preview (under the subject) may be liked by some... By default it's set at 1 line. I chose to turn it off which makes my outlook appear in look/feel pretty much the same as previous (excepting colour!)

I am really liking opening Word or Excel and being presented with my recents / pinned list.

Not sure if I like the animated selection boxes in excel (as you move from cell to cell or highlight etc) - just seems a little sluggish looking even on my very high specced machine...

The layout of the ribbon area for Word and Excel is familiar and won't cause any dramas about any changes...

Pretty early days (hours actually) yet - but so far I am happy with it...

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 753394 30-Jan-2013 17:30
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The home premium initially looked like good value, but that is PER YEAR. Isn't there anyway to buy that version as a one off purchase? I am not a fan of software on subscription, but that seems to be the way much software is now heading, as it probably eliminates piracy and increases profits, as they get a steady income. I'll be sticking with office 2010. Does more than I need, and infact 2007 didn't really do anything less. I would still be using 2003 if I could as it had a better interface, but outlook didn't work properly in windows 7. Looks like the main difference with these new ones in interface cahnges to make it more windows 8 like, and some touch screen improvements. 

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  Reply # 753410 30-Jan-2013 18:19
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I was wondering about the HUP version, they have made Office 2013 available already given work is still rolling out 2010!
Not bad for $10

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  Reply # 753411 30-Jan-2013 18:21
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mattwnz: Isn't there anyway to buy that version as a one off purchase?


Sure...buy the retail version, then buy some Skype credit (it doesn't expire), and then buy some extra SkyDrive storage.

Job done.  

Your up front cost will be more but hey, you'll only pay once (until your Skype credit runs out and you need to renew your SkyDrive)

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  Reply # 753423 30-Jan-2013 18:48
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DjShadow: I was wondering about the HUP version, they have made Office 2013 available already given work is still rolling out 2010!
Not bad for $10


Yep good deal for $10 I am happy with it

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  Reply # 753461 30-Jan-2013 20:18
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What's HUP?




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  Reply # 753464 30-Jan-2013 20:22
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semigeek:
DjShadow: I was wondering about the HUP version, they have made Office 2013 available already given work is still rolling out 2010!
Not bad for $10


Yep good deal for $10 I am happy with it


Yuss!!!

I have been holding off buying under HUP in the hope of 2013 coming out, awesome!!

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  Reply # 753465 30-Jan-2013 20:23
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timmmay: What's HUP?


Home User Program

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  Reply # 753497 30-Jan-2013 21:34
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Downloading 2013 as I type this reply, and at only $10 I cannot complain!!

The irony is that the company I am currently working for is mostly on 2003 and only just started providing 2010 but only on new pc's, not existing pc's.... it will be 2023 before they start offering 2013!!

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  Reply # 753595 31-Jan-2013 07:16
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I don't understand the $10 option, that's not in the pricing table. What'd I miss?




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  Reply # 753598 31-Jan-2013 07:44
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timmmay: I don't understand the $10 option, that's not in the pricing table. What'd I miss?


Its the Home User Program, the way I understand it is if your Employer is a big user of MS Office then as part of the deal they offer a "Home User" license to their employees.

Best idea is to talk to your employer's IT team and see if they can take part in the HUP.

The offer on HUP is Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office Mac Home and Business 2011 for $10

This is Microsoft's official word on the HUP:

The Home Use Program is a Software Assurance benefit available to Microsoft volume licensing customers with active Software Assurance coverage on their Office applications.  Employees who use the covered licenses at work are eligible to purchase these Office applications for use on a home PC during the term of their employment.  This temporary license expires with the employers Software Assurance coverage, or upon termination of employment with the covered customer.

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  Reply # 753620 31-Jan-2013 08:42
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I hope they fixed that minor bug in Outlook 2013 where, when you empty the deleted items folder, it also empties all your other folders too. One of our chaps hit that one while testing the beta after he was impressed by the demo at TechEd. Took two weeks to get his inbox back to normal (mostly cos our backup system isn't that hot with Exchange).

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  Reply # 753630 31-Jan-2013 08:48
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yes that was fixed, it was even fixed in the beta 2 release you had, it was quite rare to hit it. And yes not minor, data loss is never minor

once it was identified a patch was rolled out almost immediately, and because the public release was streamed down using C2R App-V it rolled out and installed very quickily and reliably

thanks for dogfooding

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