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Posted by Amontillado
Jul 12, 2022 at 01:04 AM

 

Or, maybe this is real. I saw this elsewhere and thought I would pass it on.

https://www.popsci.com/gear/lifetime-microsoft-office-sale/

Microsoft Office lifetime license for $39.99.

I’m not a Word or Office user, so I can’t offer an opinion on whether this is a good thing or a trick.

Caveat emptor.

 


Posted by Lucas
Jul 12, 2022 at 01:48 AM

 

As far as I can tell, this is real but misleading. It’s a “lifetime license” for the 2021 version of Microsoft Office. It does *not* appear to cover subsequent version upgrades. So “lifetime license” simply means a one-time purchase of the current version, which is how almost all software purchases used to work. In the current climate of subscriptions, it strikes me as misleading to say “lifetime license”, because it gives the impression of being a lifetime subscription (which would typically include upgrades).

 


Posted by Lucas
Jul 12, 2022 at 01:49 AM

 

Cf. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/what-s-the-difference-between-microsoft-365-and-office-2021-ed447ebf-6060-46f9-9e90-a239bd27eb96

 


Posted by Amontillado
Jul 12, 2022 at 02:49 AM

 

Thanks for your insight. I figured there was a catch.

Still, though, for those wanting Word, Excel, and the rest and content with the current versions it sounds pretty nice.

Plop DocxManager on top of it and Word is probably a pretty slick writing environment.

Lucas wrote:
As far as I can tell, this is real but misleading. It’s a “lifetime
>license” for the 2021 version of Microsoft Office. It does *not* appear
>to cover subsequent version upgrades.

 


Posted by Lucas
Jul 12, 2022 at 01:35 PM

 

Indeed. It is absolutely a good price, so long as one is clear on what one’s getting. Word and Excell continue to be essential to my workflow.

 


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