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John Lee Pettimore III

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Anyone else had their office "upgrade" to Office 365? What a shitshow. Outlook has about 75% of the functionality it used to have and now has embedded spam for Bing Maps. Microsoft just keeps going backwards. Windows 8 convinced me to change over to Apple, but I still loved Outlook and Excel. No longer.
 
Microsoft is committed to becoming a subscription services company, these are the transition spots. Are you using the desktop version or online version?

Soon, all of there software, including the OS, will be a monthly fee. I've never migrated away from Windows 7, which was the best OS they've done.

Microsoft, fundamentally, never innovates anything. From the Zune, to their shitty tablets, to their phone OS that's so widely un-adpoted that there are hardly any apps for it, they seem to be a company stuck following.
 
Since I'm in a conservative industry, I just got Office 2013 with my new work laptop. I still use Outlook 2010 on the PC at my parents' house and then my other "conservative" mobile to do the rest of the e-mails. I haven't honestly used any new functions since Outlook 97 - except the shortcuts to move things to folders but I can't really imagine not having it to compose serious e-mails. As much as they try to promote Outlook Web Access or some other website, I still like the desktop application better. I haven't tried it on tablet.

I do plenty of spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides. Word documents not so much anymore since I can just get staff to compose those.

Nothing in life is worth investing capital costs anymore. You pay for something and it's literally obsolete or broken in six months. So we pay subscriptions for everything - movies, television, use of a mobile app, and now Office. From a financial standpoint it's great because you have a steady flow of income and you can always leverage that consistency to get loans, etc. And it's a great measure against piracy.

That said the family pack of Office 365 for two years is about as much as I'd pay for a copy of Office to split between my father and I. Then my mother's PC would be left behind one version.

I'd never give up Windows. Sorry, I just can't understand Apple and the one mouse button. Using Mac at hotel or airport kiosks drove me insane. That said I do have an iPad. And I'm probably one of the last people who still uses Internet Explorer both at work and for personal. I've been using Internet Explorer since 2.0 in 1995 or 1996. I never really saw a reason to change but that's more of my personality.
 
People don't compose in word.

What do you mean by that? They use something else?
 
And I'm probably one of the last people who still uses Internet Explorer both at work and for personal. I've been using Internet Explorer since 2.0 in 1995 or 1996. I never really saw a reason to change but that's more of my personality.

Some browsers perform better for different task, so I use a combination of IE, Firefox and Chrome. At one time, I usually have 40 or 50 tabs going, so it crashes browsers if I don't distribute it. I tend to use browser tabs as a sort of task manager.
 
Some browsers perform better for different task, so I use a combination of IE, Firefox and Chrome. At one time, I usually have 40 or 50 tabs going, so it crashes browsers if I don't distribute it. I tend to use browser tabs as a sort of task manager.
I'm a similar user pattern. Millions of open tabs. My browser of choice is Opera. The latest version lacks the complete features on the previous version so I run both simultaneously and also Firefox. On tablet I use Chrome. Phone not sure I thinks it's chrome. Cheap Android phone anyway default browser.
 
I'm still trying to figure out what the hell this Library crap in Windows 7 is, and cursing the ribbons and tabs of Office 2010.
Unless Microsoft shapes up, I'm pretty dedicated to going to Linux for home use. Actually, I already use Libre Office at home. The main reason I'm holding onto my wheezy home PC is to avoid the current batch of MS abortions. I'll probably buy used/refurb just to make sure Microsuck gets none of my money.
 
People don't compose in word.

What do you mean by that? They use something else?

I meant I don't write much in Word anymore. The big Word documents are usually written by my directs. I do despise the reading panes when I open Word documents. Years of seeing the print margins has me conditioned scrolling vertically instead of flipping pages side to side.

Remarkably a lot of people I know use Google Docs. I agonised over two laptops for my friend's daughter: one was better but had no Office, one had Office but wasn't as good. She ended up telling me she won't use Office because the school forces everyone to use OpenOffice.

I tried Firefox - wasn't really sure what the hype is. I never tried Chrome on PC as I don't know why I need to log in to Google to browse. I did try it on iPad but went back to Safari.
 
I meant I don't write much in Word anymore. The big Word documents are usually written by my directs. I do despise the reading panes when I open Word documents. Years of seeing the print margins has me conditioned scrolling vertically instead of flipping pages side to side.

Yes I miss the print margins. And I cant find a way to get them back. Any hacks? I also am struggling trying to get WORD to show one page on my screen instead of two side by side. I like to scroll down to read fast. Besides it doesn't seem to have a logic to which pages it puts side by side. It can be page 3.

I just discovered for my screen if I do ONE PAGE and a max of 115% zoom I can make it display properly to scroll down. I just realized I haven't tried turning the monitor around to longer than wider - still it would be a pain for other stuff like spreadsheets/browsing etc. I do occasionally use 2 x screens with one in Portrait mode and flip between if I'm copying and pasting / referencing.

Remarkably a lot of people I know use Google Docs. I agonised over two laptops for my friend's daughter: one was better but had no Office, one had Office but wasn't as good. She ended up telling me she won't use Office because the school forces everyone to use OpenOffice.

In theory Google docs is a great collaborative tool but in reality its only useful for some projects and people. I like Open Office but most places use MS and if something changes they blame the outsider who uses something different although the reality is that MS Word is the culprit. But people who don't know much about computers/IT always blame someone else and think MS is all there is literally. So to avoid complications and trying to explain to idiots what a document I mailed them lost its formating was a MS Word fault - I went over to windows and Word - time and that sort of hassle is money and respect - sadly. It used to be that the IT dept understood MS was shit but now you can have company IT "experts" who haven't heard of Linux etc!

I tried Firefox - wasn't really sure what the hype is. I never tried Chrome on PC as I don't know why I need to log in to Google to browse. I did try it on iPad but went back to Safari.

Firefox was THE great corporate approved alternative to IE at one time. To be honest IE has caught up a bit. I've been using OPERA since it first arrived as it was the only browser that used TABS --- AND didn't open a new browser with each tab. Plus until the last stupid model it had a bunch of great features such as the simple "mail a link" feature.
 
Some browsers perform better for different task, so I use a combination of IE, Firefox and Chrome. At one time, I usually have 40 or 50 tabs going, so it crashes browsers if I don't distribute it. I tend to use browser tabs as a sort of task manager.

Download the great suspender extension for chrome. It suspends any tabs that haven't been used for a certain period, meaning your browser won't crash. You can simply reload the tab by going to it and clicking on reload. Problem solved (by millennials). Welcome to the 2010s.
 
Download the great suspender extension for chrome. It suspends any tabs that haven't been used for a certain period, meaning your browser won't crash. You can simply reload the tab by going to it and clicking on reload. Problem solved (by millennials). Welcome to the 2010s.

Nice tip. I added it. Chrome is a real memory hog.
 
That's a bit different, I like seeing all the tabs in a row, just unloaded from memory.

Yeah, same here. It saves a lot of memory and makes chrome a bit faster. For those who don't have it yet, ublock is also much more efficient than the older ad/popupblockers.
 
That's a bit different, I like seeing all the tabs in a row, just unloaded from memory.
Well, OneTab gives you a single tab with all the "tabs" listed on it, sorted by date. I like TGS as well, but its not available for Firefox.
Yeah, same here. It saves a lot of memory and makes chrome a bit faster. For those who don't have it yet, ublock is also much more efficient than the older ad/popupblockers.
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