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  • Office 365 vs G Suite

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 11:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Galen Gruman has an excellent article in InfoWorld detailing the differences between Office 365 and Google’s G Suite. It’s incredibly difficult to explain the differences side-by-side, and Galen’s done it.

    Microsoft Office handily beats G Suite both on the desktop and on mobile devices. Office has long been derided for having too many features that few people use, and there’s truth to that. But for desktop users, it has the features that anyone in your company is likely to need, and they work well.

    If you’re debating about Office vs G-Suite, this is a must-read analysis. Even if you end up with G-Suite!

  • Paul Thurrott nails the Office 365 subscription numbers

    Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 12:57 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    His article on Thurrott.com is behind a paywall, but as I’ve said several times before, the $64/year is well worth it.

    Bottom line: The Office 365 situation isn’t as rosy as you probably think. Paul reported in October that Office 365 had 85 million active users at commercial sites and 25 million active users among consumers. In its most recent financial report, Microsoft said it had 25 million consumer active users – and they didn’t report commercial active users.

    That’s distressing in no small part because Office is widely considered to be the “best” office app for Android and iOS. For example, JRRaphael has a detailed look at the Android story in InfoWorld.

    Office 365 has 100 to 120 million monthly active users. Microsoft has said for years that Office itself has 1.2 billion users.

    You can do the math.

    UPDATE: Better yet, look at Gregg Keizer’s numbers on ComputerWorld. He only has consumer numbers – the only ones Microsoft has released – but the tale is not good.


  • Office 365 Personal licenses can still be used to extend Office 365 Home expiration

    Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 11:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting news from Paul Thurrott:

    Many new PCs come with free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal. But Microsoft doesn’t let you have two Office 365 subscriptions attached to your Microsoft account. So if you have an existing Office 365 Home subscription, they let you use the Office 365 Personal offer to add 9 months to your existing Home subscription instead.

    That’s very good news if you have an Office 365 Home subscription, and buy a new PC that comes with a free year of Office 365 Personal. Depending on how you value the extension of the Office 365 Home license, that free Office 365 Personal extension offer is worth about $60 to $90 (= $7 or $10 or so x 9).

    You could think of it as an automatic $60 discount on a new Windows PC. Assuming you pay for Office 365 Home, anyway.

    Yes, Office 365 Home is the version that lets you install the major Office apps on up to 5 PCs or Macs + 5 tablets + 5 phones. It also includes 1 TB of OneDrive storage.

  • While we’re waiting for the Office Event in New York

    Posted on November 2nd, 2016 at 10:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Frankly, I’m a whole lot more interested in finding a solution to the Excel bug in the current Office Click-to-Run, than looking at ways to socialize Office, but…

    Ben Thompson has an interesting article I just stumbled on, Chat and the Consumerization of IT.

    That, and the weird letter from Slack (see Todd Bishop’s coverage in GeekWire), should keep you going while MS gets its technical act together.

    Live cast of the event is here. Give or take a glitch.

  • Want to install Office on Win10? Better use IE or Edge

    Posted on March 29th, 2016 at 15:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this from BP:

    Woody, you probably know that Office Home and Business when “pre-installed” on computers no longer has the actual software; just a link to let you download it from MS. You are now forced to create a Microsoft Live account to download Office. So now I have to create a dummy email account for each of my people. That was bad enough, but I was setting up a new computer last week and the download gave a cryptic failure error on the web page with the advice to call MS support. I called the rep–a miserable experience of its own–and discovered that the problem was because I was attempting to download Office using Firefox. The rep informed me that you now must use IE or Edge, and you must have selected “Use Preferred Settings” rather than preventing the browser from sending unwanted personal information…otherwise you can’t install Office. And they wonder why their reputation has reached rock bottom and started digging?

  • Microsoft Office 2016: InfoWorld Technology of the year award winner

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 at 14:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You may like Office. You may hate it. But there’s no doubt that the past year has brought amazing changes to Office in general, and Office 365 in particular.

    InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award

  • Julie Larson-Green poised to take over Microsoft Office

    Posted on October 27th, 2015 at 10:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This time, it’s for real.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

  • First look: Office 2016 for the Mac closes the gap

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 at 07:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a very solid offering. Surprisingly. Here’s my take and a handful of tips.