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MS Office is switching to a new pricing plan. Now you can get a one-year license to full copy of MS Office Professional, combined with the benefits of Office 365, starting at $12 a month. A single user is allowed to store the software on up to 5 machines.
The price for a permanent Office license has been reduced. However, you only get one install.
Office 365 Home Premium gives you a one-year license, for up to five users for the home use of Office. This includes all members of the suite, including Access. However, Business use is strictly prohibited.
Need more details. Unfortunately, there is no single place on the MS website that lays out all the options in plain English. PC World, and PC Mag provided fairly good overviews back in September of 2012, when the program was officially announced.
A recent article from Computer World gives another good overview. However, its description of the annual license for business owners is a little sparse. That's the piece of the puzzle that most business users will be curious about.
The product is already being sold at the retail level, so you can stop by your nearest brick and mortar retailer to get the info that you cannot get from the net.
Microsoft has announced that support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. As far as Microsoft is concerned, this means you need to update your software. However, you should also consider whether the deadline will terminate rights to product support that you currently have. Often, your license entitles you to product support direct from Microsoft and this can include several requests for assistance on customization. That is espescially true if you purchased Office as an independent item, as opposed to simply having it installed on a computer you purchased. If so, make sure you use up your rights to pruduct support while you still have them.
We announced the introduction of HotDocs 11 back in November. Unfortunately, the launch date was pushed back several times. HotDocs will take advantage of the delay to re-announce the introduction at a Tech Show in New York next week. Now the product is finally here and we can provide it to you. For those who purchased at any point since the introduction was announced, we’ll be getting to you shortly with your new software.
We are introducing a new feature that we call the Peachtek Desktop Apps. We have automated a series of tasks that are common to the legal field. Several of our apps have more general application. You can reformat documents and manipulate bookmarks. You can transfer dates from Outlook into Word. You can enter record cites automatically. If you have a case in Federal Court, you can use the docket sheet to look up docket entries and enter them as cites. We have placed our apps in a sample document that is available for download. If you like what you see, you can get a license of up to two years in length by helping promote us on Google Places, Facebook and Linked In.
Judge David Nuffer is a U.S. District Court Judge with a serious interest in computers. He has his own web page which links to a page of Resource Materials. The resource materials include suggestions on the use of the PACER system. These include instructions for the creation of cross document hyperlinks in documents filed in Federal Court, either manually or automatically, using a Word Add-In.
Peachtek takes the concept of couple of steps further. Our Peachtek Desktop Apps include a method for entering hyperlinked record cites that cross reference to documents filed in Court under the Pacer System. Our system lets you search and filter the list of docket entries to find the ones you need – right from your word processing window. It also enables you to use the verbiage from the docket sheet to create a chronology with minimal keyboarding.