Peter points out a fantastic deal for students:
Are you a college student? Do you have kids in college? Know someone who's in college? If so, you'll want to check out this steal!
I know when I was in college, I was looking for any way to save a buck...this saves a bunch of them.
JrzyShr Dev Guy
It's kinda weird when the "steal" price is more than the retail price of most of the other software you would put on a home computer.
Guess it depends on what kind of software you're talking about. Most new PC games come out at a similar price point (+/- $10), and given what you're getting for your money, I'd say that Office at that price is a bargain. Considering what you pay for even the cut-down version of one popular image editing software, it's even more so.
What software are you thinking of that retails for less but offers as much functionality?
"What software are you thinking of that retails for less but offers as much functionality?"
I was thinking of games, web browsers, email clients, antivirus software, chat programs, text editors, image viewers, etc. In short, all of the other software that people want on their home computer (except for Photoshop, as you mentioned).
Everyone I know (including myself) uses as much or more functionality in most of the above products than they do in Office.
OK...so when you buy a game for $50, you really believe you're getting more for your money than $59 for Office? Look, I understand that you may want to spend your money elsewhere, but c'mon...if you're a student who needs to use Word, Excel, or other apps in Office for your schoolwork, this is a deal.
For folks who don't need the full feature set of Office, there's always Works, which comes with a lot of new PCs. Different strokes and all that.
"OK...so when you buy a game for $50, you really believe you're getting more for your money than $59 for Office?"
Most of the students I know primarily use Word. If you take away Endnote (which everyone needs because the most obvious academic feature of a word processor is missing from Office), they don't use Word any differently from Notepad. The only reason they do use it is because the fonts look nicer, and sometimes their professors demand it.
In the end I think Office is probably worth about the same as most other desktop programs, or $60. But at that price it's not a steal, it's appropriate. At $400 it's a joke.
Well, you know...folks are free to use what they want to use...no one's forcing you to buy Office if you don't think it's worth the price.
Clearly, I think you're wrong regarding the pricing...but value is something that's up to the individual to decide. Lots of individuals choose Office, so they must see the value.
Appreciate your taking the time to comment.
"no one's forcing you to buy Office if you don't think it's worth the price"
And I never would buy it. My schools and workplaces have all used it, so I have used it extensively, but I've never had it on my personal computer.
"Lots of individuals choose Office, so they must see the value."
The value is that you can trade files with everyone else. I know both students and businesses that would switch tomorrow if it weren't for file format lock-in.
Jon, if your goal is to be able to trade files with "everyone else," you should probably stick with ASCII text. :-)
At some point, we all make a decision to trade ultimate compatibility for richer features. The question is how much compatibility is worth how much functionality. Where you and I draw that line is obviously different. It's pretty clear at this point that we're unlikely to agree on that point and I'm cool with that.