VSTO & .NET & Excel

February 21, 2013

Black clouds over MS Office 2013

Filed under: .NET & Excel, Apps for Office, Excel, Tools, VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 4:47 pm

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.

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!

Kind regards,



  1. Hopefully there is enough push back that MS will change its ways. Mr. Excel just put out a video showing how to get PowerPivot 2013 for cheaper than $2000. His tone was a bit ominous too. People aren’t happy. But there is enough competition out there that MS will need to do something to be competitive, otherwise they go the way of the dinosaurs. I think they will change though. But seriously, $99/yr just to get MS online? Way too expensive.

    Here’s the link to the video, which links to someone else:

    Comment by Jon — February 21, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    • From what I have read I hope MS listen and make the neccessary changes.

      Yes, for home it exist some great Office packages, both for Windows and Linux.It also exist nice packages for Android.

      Kind regards,Dennis

      Comment by Dennis M Wallentin — February 21, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

  2. As a side note. For home use we are pretty much moving away from MS products in general, we just don’t need all that power. I’ve been using Windows XP for a while but finally upgraded to Windows 8 (which I like) and converted my old computer to use Light Ubuntu. I’m pretty happy with how it works, after the learning curve.

    Comment by Jon — February 21, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

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