I’m getting worried over what’s going on. For every new version of Office and Excel there has been a positive tone in the online community and an excitement with the new features.
But that’s not really true with MS Office 2013. The terms to use a license shrink and some features are no longer available in some packages like Office Professional effectively prevent all happiness with the new version.
Instead of going on with the details I give two URLs that explain the new issues with Office 2013.
- Office Watch: Office 2013 Software License Agreement
- PowerPivotPro: “Hey, Who moved My (PowerPivot 2013) Cheese?”
- SoftMakers: Competition Watch
If we view it friendly we could say that both the new license agreement and the lack of some tools are due to that the new version actually targets smart devices and pads. It makes sense that softwares are tight to the devices in a different way than to the Desktop platform.
However, the future is not here yet so still the Desktop platform plays a critical role and will still do it for some time.
The only reasonable conclusion is to not upgrade to MS Office 2013.
- If we have MS Office 2010 there is no reason to upgrade to MS Office 2013.
- If we have MS Office 2003 or MS Office 2007 then consider to upgrade to MS Office 2010 but not MS Office 2013.
The above two alternatives offer best value for our money and still support our business very well.
It will also send a clear message to Microsoft: Do it again! Do it right!