I Bit the Bullet and got Office 365
You might wonder why I am showing a picture of my dinner in a post about Office 365, but for some bizarre reason the Microsoft suite reminds me of food. It makes me think of a smorgasbord. I hope they don't get us all hooked and then yank up the price on this, but right now the personal subscription to this relatively new product which allows one person to use Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, Access, Powerpoint, etc. on one PC and also on one tablet is affordable. When it cost $9.99/mo I was put off by the price, because aside from OneNote I really don't use the other programs every day, or even every week. But now the $9.99 subscription is a family plan and the personal subscription is almost half of that if you pay a year in advance. Additionally, the account comes with 1T of OneDrive cloud storage. Yes, a whole terabyte, that is one trillion bytes. Yes, you can put 12 zeroes after that 1. That means my OneNote data is for my intents and purposes no longer limited in size, as well as being accessible anywhere. Another benefit of using 365 is they automatically update all of the programs at no additional charge, so that subscribers will always have the newest and presumably best software. I never thought I would say this, but at the moment I am very happy with Microsoft.
I call OneNote my brain. I have been using it for years to store everything from the code on my padlock to the serial number on my sewing machine. This is where I store product keys. I keep photo copies of invoices I have paid and recipes. You name it, it is typed, handwritten, or photographed and stored there. With Windows 8.1 you can even click on an icon on the status line to capture text anywhere on your screen and pop it into the correct section of OneNote. The drawback used to be that it was awkward to synch. Now it is a breeze.
It is not widely advertised that they give a discount for prepaying for this service. I first signed up at $6.99/month and only after I had paid for the first month did I learn that that also "rent" these powerful programs for $69.99/year, so I stopped my autopay and will switch to annual when the month is over.
Does anyone else use this?
Image Credit » My dinner, my photo!