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Google proudly announced gmail back in the day as email "re-invented"...with their own spin on it. That's what I've never gotten used to.
To say nothing of the fact that it's being run by a company whose very existence is all about profiling users. I feel rather strongly that the company showing me ads shouldn't be allowed to scrutinize my mail and determine what I discuss and with whom.
Not to keep this debate going any longer, but Google does have real, usable software too, you know that right? profiling or no profiling, they are a software company, just like Microsoft, albeit, most of their software is free to use, but it is software that works well, none the less.
BTW, I am not a Google fanboi, and I don't align with them politically and I detest a lot of their methods, but some of their software is just damn good.
... and bought Office 2019.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry - but Live Mail / LibreOffice just wasn't cutting it any more, as show by the "two hour email" debacle recently when nothing ing worked to produce a simple formatted email, and the more I tried, the more frustrated I got.
Live Mail I can excuse: it's a free, basic product and it does free, basic stuff really well. But LibreOffice Writer faffing with formatting every time I did anything just was the final straw: I'm fed up with every update destroying my Task Bar file history, I'm fed up with UI-Breaking changes that never get reflected in the documentation. I'm fed up with "rock star programmers" who can't be assed to fix bugs, but add a feature that works for their exact need, and breaks something else. In short, I no longer believe that the OpenSource model works for large projects.
So, it's back to Office ...
First impressions aren't good. Open Word and you get an understandable messagebox:
Microsoft Word isn't your default program for viewing and editing documents.
Do you want to select the files types that Word should open?
That's good - instead of grabbing everything it can sort-of cope with and annoying the heck out of me later, it wants to give the the option. "Yes".
To change your default apps, go to Settings > Apps > Default Apps
Nothing happens, it doesn't even try to open it for you ...
So you open StartButton ... Settings ... Apps ... Default Apps, and ... nothing there directly lists Word documents (or spreadsheets, or ...) , again.
Best I can come up with is "Choose default apps by file type" which for a "normal user" is probably pretty scary when it eventually appears, especially as MS has been hiding file extensions since Win7 and most users have probably never seen one, much less knows what they are for ... even I'm not sure about some of 'em!
That's not a good start: "You need to do this; now p*ss off and do it because I'm not going to help you, and gawd help you if you get it wrong". Is it only me that remembers a dialog with a "I can handle these, which do you want to you open automatically for you?" list being shown, so you could select the important ones?
So I decide that for the moment, it can have DOC and DOCX only, and scroll down to them.
They are both already assigned to Word.
So the whole ing message was a load of b*ll*cks and it did it without bl**dy asking!
Microsoft, that's worse than doing nothing - because that's telling me "we're pretending to care about your system integrity, but we just screwed you over in the background and lied about it."
This experience had better get better, Microsoft, you're on thin ice allready...
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This has nothing to do with Word or MSOffice, but the new insane mapping of file types with their local corresponding applications.
The people at Microsoft who came up with that BS have probably never used a computer in their life - To me, this is definitely one of my top ten PITA of windows 10.
The sub is even better than that - each of the 5 people can use Office and each can be signed on to up to 5 different devices; I've got it on my laptop, my desktop, my Surface Pro and my iPad Pro, it's installed on my wife's laptop as user #2, and I still have 3 more shares to hand out. I bought it figuring the other 3 would be my kids, but they all prefer other packages, so my dad, a brother and a sister-in-law are going to get them instead.
I'm just trying LibreOffice, your post is not encouraging.
I consider the equation editor of LibreOffice far better thant the MS one.
Excel looks better then Calc, but no issues with the latter, for the moment.
I no longer believe that the OpenSource model works for large projects.
This box that I'm on now, bought as a refurb, has Libre. It's a little different than the MS Word they standardize on at the office but it works with their files (and, when so set, vise-versa).
Sure, it has a few things that annoy (and surprise). Some of the font's don't quite space right in Calc; putting 1/4 into a cell, formatted as a date, gives Jan 4 #### (current year). Works every day . . . except 3/4 . Which reformat's to the single-char 3/4. Just discovered: if I push ESC it formats properly.
On the other hand, Office Outlook keeps taking a nap whilst composing, of various lengths on most days - as it spins its little wheel - often long enough where one gives up and restarts. It does know how to format 3/4 to a date when appropriate.
Now - for the price - I'm willing to be hassled by Libre more than by Office.
As for a remote subscription - what if the Internet's down? Notepad++, I suppose.