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Subject: Cocktail Talk - Office 2010 Succumbs to Black Plague


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Cocktail Talk


June 2013

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Office 2010 Succumbs to Black Plague


"You can have lunch with your friends, catch the Black Plague, and have dinner with your ancestors."


Microsoft may not be the Black Plague, depending on who you ask, but some of their products go from life to afterlife about that fast.


One day you purchase and download Microsoft Office 2010 and before the backup disk comes in the mail there's Microsoft Office 2013. Everybody's used to change and it's no big deal if you have to click one button to buy 2010 and another to buy 2013. But Microsoft doesn't work like that, you buy the one they want you to or you get nothing at all.


Don't take my word for it, ask Microsoft. I wanted to buy Office 2010 and went to the Microsoft Store to buy it, and every Office 2010 link I clicked took me to Office 2013 instead. I asked Jennifer (not her real name), my Microsoft Chat Assistant, if I could buy Office 2010 and she typed "No, since the announcement of Office 2013 5 days ago we no longer sell Office 2010.".  Microsoft has threatened the end of days for Windows XP ever since Eve gave Adam the apple, yet Office 2010 doesn't get 5 days.


That was then, and this is now, and who cares? Office 2010, 2013, or 365, what's the difference? Well, there are a lot of people that would like an answer to that question, and here's one.


$200 gets you Office 2010 and you own it, forever. Office still comes in a variety of versions and you can spend more or less depending on what you want. But there were some forward thinking ideas like "SkyDrive" and "Office on Demand". Office 2010 is still a strong solution, and may very well be where businesses want to stop for now.


Skydrive lets you save files from your PC to the Cloud so you can access them from somewhere else through the internet. But it also lets you access other files on the PC from somewhere else through the internet. A SkyDrive enabled PC can be accessed from anywhere in the world, should you need those important files.


Office on Demand gives you cloud based versions of Word, Excel, and whatever else you bought into, to use with your SkyDrive files. Not full featured versions but nice nevertheless. Just go to the website, click My Office and login with your Microsoft ID. 


$200 gets you Office 2013. You own it for the life of one PC, it is not transferable so when you buy a new PC you buy Office again. It is tied to the internet, SkyDrive and Office on Demand. 2013 hooks into your Social Networks as well.


In 2013 when you get an Outlook email from a Facebook Friend or LinkedIn Contact their picture and all their recent posts display as well. This is done in a "People" pane which is very similar to the "Reading" pane you're probably used to. It even shows their Profile Picture. So many companies block social networking websites that this has to cause some issues down the road.


$100 gets you Office 365, for a year, and it's on you, not your PC. Your subscription allows installation on up to 5 devices for as long as you keep paying, and it's tied to the internet, SkyDrive and Office on Demand. I'm thinking 5 devices equals 5 PCs, because I can't think of anyone using a Microsoft Tablet or Phone.


With Office 365 you could have one installation on your home PC, one on your office PC, take one with you on your notebook PC, have one at the flat in Paris and another at the villa in Cartagena. If you needed anything anywhere else you could access Office on Demand and SkyDrive from someone else's PC. Using Office on Demand at  won't give you Microsoft Outlook, but you could login to for that if you like .


With Office 365 you can work virtually everywhere, virtually all the time, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.



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