[LMB] OT: software-as-a-service, was can't skip to the end of an ebook?

Harvey Fishman fishman at panix.com
Sun May 30 10:29:12 BST 2021

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From: "B. Ross Ashley" <brashley46 at gmail.com>
To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
Bcc: fishman at panix.com
Sent: 5/30/2021 1:40:57 AM
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: software-as-a-service, was can't skip to the end 
of an ebook?
>The right expression here is software-as-a-service. We hates it.
>I have been the Chief Financial Officer of my political party's electoral district association for about a decade. The auditors for our annual political finance report to Elections Ontario require us to use Mictrosoft products to fill in the forms, in Excel. Ten years ago I bought a copy of Office which served my needs for seven years unti the Widows 7 laptop I used it on died, and I had to get a new one, which runs Windows 10. Microsoft Office is no longer available as a download one can pay for; it s now Microsoft 365 and I have to pay for it every darned month. And Libreoffice Calc, the totally free alternative office suite, will not work correctly with the Excel forms the want me to use.
>Which is why I am going to quit the volunteer post at the end of my current term.
It is not as all that. First, Microsoft 365 is available for $95.00 US 
on a yearly basis. Second, once you install it, it is yours. The yearly 
charge is only for updates. Thirdly, there are LOTS of free clones to 
Microsoft Office; why don't you try one of those?


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