Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

Summary: Microsoft wants to draw Apple users into the Office 365 experience. But only if they're already licensing Office for Mac.

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I've not used Microsoft products for some six years after 24 years of being on nothing but Microsoft. Instead, I am an unashamed Mac fanboi though not without criticism. Even so, Microsoft offers Apple users the opportunity to try out Office 365. Or rather you can check it out provided you are already using "Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 or later version or Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.9 Update or later version and Entourage 2008, Web Services Edition." < see update at end

Let me get this straight. In order to use 365 I have to subscribe to what Mary Jo Foley reports as:

...a hybrid approach with its [Microsoft's] cloud apps bundle.

This is not cloud as I understand the term. Not even remotely close. It's a grotesque child of Microsoft's creation that serves only to ensure that if I want to use Office 365 that I am already licensing something from the company and for which it will want to take an additional minimum of $4 a month per user.

Why can't I simply point to a URL and get going in the same way I can with Google? Regardless of what you or I might think about Google's attitude towards our privacy, you have to give them credit for keeping things simple while Microsoft seems determined to complicate matters. Mary Jo acknowledges:

And it’s hard to deny Office 365’s pricing/packaging complexity. I realize that there can be a trade-off between choice and simplicity, and Microsoft has gone for choice with its myriad Office 365 E plans, K plans, inclusion of a local Office client option, etc., and not a “one-price/package fits all” deal. Google doesn’t have anywhere near the number of pricing options with Apps (though it did recently tweak its own pricing, establishing new criteria for SMBs).

There you have it. Microsoft is wedded to a business model that drives complexity in similar fashion to what I observe happening with Oracle Fusion.

It should be obvious that those days are over. But worse than that, in applying these terms, Microsoft is effectively preventing people like myself the chance to at least see whether Office 365 is a competitive offering. I would have liked that opportunity but for me, Office 365 is dead.

UPDATE: I finally found a way to get into the web apps. It wasn't immediately obvious but I can get in. The problem I faced was that the way Microsoft wanted me to come into the app takes me to the admin section and it is only when I hit 'Home' that I find the web apps. This could be easily solved by putting a bunch of clickable links down the sidebar. Onwards...

Topics: Collaboration, Hardware, Microsoft, Software

Dennis Howlett

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  • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

    microsoft doesn't care if you use it...its for enterprise both large and small...and learn how to spell...fanboi is spelled with a y
    mcrommert
    • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

      @mcrommert - This is simply Microsoft luring users into a perpetual license. Business owners love marginalizing IT and end users love that they will go direct to Microsoft with issues instead of the local nerds. What is the effect? Death of IT and lock down of revenues for the big boys.
      DiggityDoug
      • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

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    • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

      @mcrommert Don't be a dick. Fanboi: Someone who is hopelessly devoted to something and will like anything associated with their particular thing. See http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fanboi

      And FYI... the story is spot on. I setup a trial for myself and 2 team members. Once I had it setup I was so aggravated I discovered that Google Apps and Mozilla Thunderbird would do the job for us... in the cloud and on the desktop.
      jdelaney60
    • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

      @mcrommert fanboi is NOT spelt with a "y".
      http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fanboi
      lewhich
    • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

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  • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

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  • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

    You can use Office Web Apps - Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote through your browser on a Mac with no need for the rich client if you do not want to use it. If you DO want to use a rich client then it has to be to the specifications you highlight at the start of your post. Quick - get the defibrillator!
    jobratto
    • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

      @jobratto
      Have you used them? They barely work. Email is fine but Word, Excel and PowerPoint have so few features they are essentially a waste. Perhaps you can read files with them but creating documents is a nightmare. This is nothing more than an add-on for Office. This is not a stand alone product.
      Decomplexificat
      • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

        @Decomplexificat
        I would disagree - I have used the beta substantially and found them to be good. But this is not the point - regardless of how good or not you and I think they are, the author of the blog is incorrect in stating that he MUST install the rich client to use Office 365.
        jobratto
      • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

        @Decomplexificat The whole point of Office Web Apps is to be a companion to the desktop applications. There are meant for that last minute quick edit when you're on the go, for example.
        A Hylian Human
      • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

        @Decomplexificat

        So, what exactly is missing? It has the 80% of features most people use. Sorry they couldn't include network data source integration with dynamic datacube construction for ya (that's in the next version ;).
        Ternarybit
    • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

      @jobratto if that's the case then I'm not seeing it. And I've looked.
      dahowlett
      • RE: Microsoft Office 365 is dead to me

        @dahowlett

        Look with your eyes open. It's pretty ridiculously obvious.(read: the manual)

        http://www.microsoft.com/online/help/en-us/guides/quicksmb.htm
        Ternarybit
  • Big surprise

    Old graybeard Mac fanboy hates Microsoft product, kids on his lawn.

    Film at 11.
    effd
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      Will Pharaoh