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    • truescot
    • By truescot 15th Sep 19, 10:48 PM
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    Cheapest (or free) Microsoft office?
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    • 15th Sep 19, 10:48 PM
    Cheapest (or free) Microsoft office? 15th Sep 19 at 10:48 PM
    I really need to find the cheapest best way of having lifelong access to Microsoft Office. We had 12 months subscription with a new laptop which has now expired but need word, ppt, publisher etc for files for my new business. I'm sure I can get it cheaper than the £79.99 I'm being asked to pay?

    Tried Open Office free software but the formatting isn't always the same so that's too much hassle.

    Advice needed...thanks!
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    • Moss5
    • By Moss5 16th Sep 19, 1:04 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 1:04 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 1:04 AM
    https://www.xboxliveshop.co.uk/microsoft/office/microsoft-office-professional-plus-2019.html?p=1682022658&pi=shopping-4955
    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 16th Sep 19, 6:56 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 6:56 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 6:56 AM
    £18.25? Sounds way too good to be true, no?

    If thatís all legit then why is anyone paying the high prices for Office instead of just paying this low price? Whatís the catch that I must be missing?

    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 16th Sep 19, 8:00 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 8:00 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 8:00 AM
    Even cheaper on ebay
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    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 16th Sep 19, 9:02 AM
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    • #5
    • 16th Sep 19, 9:02 AM
    • #5
    • 16th Sep 19, 9:02 AM
    I really need to find the cheapest best way of having lifelong access to Microsoft Office. We had 12 months subscription with a new laptop which has now expired but need word, ppt, publisher etc for files for my new business. I'm sure I can get it cheaper than the £79.99 I'm being asked to pay?

    Tried Open Office free software but the formatting isn't always the same so that's too much hassle.

    Advice needed...thanks!
    Originally posted by truescot

    You can buy a year's subscription cheaper from Amazon. You can take a punt on a cheap code from eBay and hope it works.
    • roytom
    • By roytom 16th Sep 19, 9:17 AM
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    • #6
    • 16th Sep 19, 9:17 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 9:17 AM
    What about the free MS Office online edition? You need a Microsoft online account, that’s free, and the online edition is fully functional, for the most part. I think the MS online account gives you 5gb of online storage too.

    Or Google Docs?
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 16th Sep 19, 9:23 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 9:23 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 9:23 AM
    Argos £39.99 with free mcafee too
    • ballyblack
    • By ballyblack 16th Sep 19, 10:53 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 10:53 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 10:53 AM
    Argos £39.99 with free mcafee too
    Originally posted by bengalknights
    good price but i will gladly miss out on the bundled McAfee 'crapware'
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 16th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
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    • 16th Sep 19, 10:58 AM
    good price but i will gladly miss out on the bundled McAfee 'crapware'
    Originally posted by ballyblack
    The idea is you flog it on fleabay
    • poppellerant
    • By poppellerant 16th Sep 19, 11:48 AM
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    Surely your business can afford the £79.99? Surely this is a miniscule payment for any business, particularly one that seems dependant on it.

    You could also explore free alternatives, such as LibreOffice.
    • Undervalued
    • By Undervalued 16th Sep 19, 12:27 PM
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    Surely your business can afford the £79.99? Surely this is a miniscule payment for any business, particularly one that seems dependant on it.

    You could also explore free alternatives, such as LibreOffice.
    Originally posted by poppellerant
    The OP has said.....

    Tried Open Office free software but the formatting isn't always the same so that's too much hassle.
    And I totally agree with him. (Libra / Open Office etc are all variations on an open source theme). Borderline OK for you own non demanding use but hopeless in a corporate / academic environment if you need to interact with others using the real thing.
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 16th Sep 19, 12:40 PM
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    If even as little as £80 is too much you could always buy a copy of Office 2010 off ebay.


    Be careful of the ones that are just digital downloads with a dubious product key that may or may not continue working.
    • tehone
    • By tehone 16th Sep 19, 3:06 PM
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    £18.25? Sounds way too good to be true, no?

    If thatís all legit then why is anyone paying the high prices for Office instead of just paying this low price? Whatís the catch that I must be missing?
    Originally posted by JustAnotherSaver
    Its interesting that the fake box screenshot and description feature Microsoft Lync, a product which no longer exists (it become Skype for Business, and thats now been superseded by Teams)
    • J B
    • By J B 16th Sep 19, 3:37 PM
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    I bought a 5 user copy of Office 365 off Ebay for around a fiver.


    Seems to work OK.
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 16th Sep 19, 8:07 PM
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    I paid < a fiver for office 2016 from ebay. Downloaded from Microsoft and activated ok with supplied product key
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    • A.Penny.Saved
    • By A.Penny.Saved 17th Sep 19, 3:05 PM
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    WPS Office Business edition
    you could try the free edition to check for compatibility.
    Softmaker Office
    another with high compatibility with Microsoft Office. Commercial usage is limited to one machine.
    Only Office is another option but it looks like it is meant for 50+ users.
    • truescot
    • By truescot 18th Sep 19, 1:08 AM
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    Thanks everyone,

    All sorted now thanks to advice from you lovely people. Love MSE!!
    Last edited by truescot; 18-09-2019 at 1:11 AM.
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    • 20aday
    • By 20aday 18th Sep 19, 10:00 AM
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    Am too late to the party but sometimes employers can get MS Office for their employees; think it’s £11.99 these days.
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    • Chino
    • By Chino 18th Sep 19, 10:57 AM
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    but sometimes employers can get MS Office for their employees; think itís £11.99 these days.
    Originally posted by 20aday
    But see this thread:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/microsoft-office-2019-staff-offer-available-for/249e13f0-a869-4d67-a675-86d0a8fee9e3
    • craggybuk
    • By craggybuk 18th Sep 19, 12:53 PM
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    For future reference, you might want to look at Google Docs, it is free once you have a Google Account, it will open Office documents (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) easily and gives you most features of the fully functional MS Office.
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