Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013
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Inexcusable install process
Shane L., Newegg
3 weeks ago
Summary: The ability to download and burn a disc image of the installer is hamstrung by the association of the image with a unique product key.
Pros: Fulfills the technical requirements of users - word processing, collaboration, etc.
Cons: The "online-enabled" install process for this product is either a joke or an insult. The user (or administrator) is required to visit an MS Office website and not only enter a product key, but tie the product to a Microsoft account as well, in order to complete the installation.
Summary: The speed of Word is noticeably slower than 2010, and 2010 is noticeably slower than 2003. If I were upgrading straight from 2003 to 2013 I would be much more displeased than I already am. Each release of Office appears to be running slower although each version is being installed on a faster PC, and I am progressively becoming concerned that future releases may become fully unusable due to prolonged hesitations within the apps.
Pros: This review is for the download version of Office 2013 Home and Business that I have installed for customers and myself.
Cons: The skin is simply intolerable for my eyes and personal preferences. I restore-down all apps in Office 2013 to enable a dark desktop 'border', but still the GUI has so little contrast between different commands that I quickly close the app and return to 2010. I like the spartan-like layout, but the eye strain is unacceptable. No software is worth the cost of a person's eyesight.
Summary: Took 1 star off for being Microsoft priority, for $200 for an office suite it shouldn't lead you to certain things.
Pros: The basic functionality is mostly the same, if you used office before you should be able to use the new version.
Cons: Different look different feel, outlook in specific looks more for an office.com email (which I guess is expected) versus other emails out there, but it still does you just have to choose the appropriate settings.
Summary: As stated by others, this is not a CD, but an authorization code for a download packaged in a small box. Having said that, the product arrived quickly (which has been my experience with WalMart), and the download was completed without incident. Overall, I was extremely pleased with the price and WalMart's delivery. I am not a regular WalMart shopper but am using their online service more and more. Prices are excellent and delivery is reliable.
Summary: Bought the software and tried to install it. First install seemed to go well but when done and I tried out each product in the suite, I got the same message that the software (you name the package) had encountered a problem and stopped execution. Thinking that the install was bad, I removed Office and reinstalled only to encounter the same results. Final result is that it won't run. As a result, I'm looking for a way to get a refund.
Pros: I cannot find any. I only gave this one egg because I cannot give it no eggs. I have never bought software that worked like this from a company that is now so amorphous that I cannot get any satisfaction from their support group but get a long wait on hold instead.
Cons: Running Office on Lenovo T410 with I5 proc and 4Gb of ram under Windows 7.