Microsoft strengthens product activation on Mac Office 2011
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:24 AM
We switched to OpenOffice in my company about 2 years ago, I have to say I'm not missing MS Office. I thought I would, but in actual fact - it has not impacted my productivity.
If he is the only user of Office in his household - why does Rob Griffiths need Office installed on all 5 of the machines? It makes no sense.
It is limp.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:31 AM
Really, it just sounds like he wants something to complain about since it's Microsoft. I was glad to see so many people calling him out on that in the original article's comments.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:34 AM
Go to Hades, Microsoft!
I, too, will stick to using Office 2008, iWork and Open Office. MS can go hang.
I always tell people with PC's not to send me MS files if possible.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:42 AM
I won't be buying Office 2011 either due to these ridiculous policies, which only punish honest users (as dishonest users will find a way around them anyway).
Goodbye, Microsoft. Your iron-fisted rule will be your demise.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:44 AM
Probably. I'm in the same boat. I routinely use four or five Macs as part of my work. And it is a drag to have to move from one Mac to another simply because a license requires you to. Fortunately, I'm rarely required to use Office apps any longer.
This kind of goofy restriction makes it all that much easier to stick with an older version when I absolutely have to use Word or Excel and, when I don't have to use them, favor an alternative. Given the growing popularity of the Mac, this seems like the absolutely wrong direction to take. But then not many of Microsoft's recent moves has made much sense.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:48 AM
As for needing Office on 5 Macs, I'm betting the situation is the same as mine - my main Mac, my laptop, the Mac for the teen kids to share, my wife's Mac, and the Mac for the college student child. Depending on who is doing what during the day, I may find myself sitting down at any one of these Macs to work as someone else may be using another.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:15 AM
I'm no fan of Microsoft, but seriously, Apple is far stricter. Try installing Pages on your iPad without activating with Apple.