They never tire of trying to improve my life. In the last couple of months, they decided to market their popular Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) as a pay per service with monthly rental fees instead of the old way of doing it, you buy it and keep it.
Problem is, when Office 365 installs, it kills off any previous versions on your computer. I used to have office 2010 and was perfectly happy with it. Not no more. POOF. Gone.
Nor can I reinstall it. I installed it back in 2010 using this thing called “the internet” instead of getting a DVD at the local office supply store. But since that time, Microsoft (may they burn in hell) has decided to no longer support that version. So I cannot re-install it. Even though I have an apparently useless product Key.
I don’t want to be tied to renting software services for the rest of my life. I am already doing that for electricity, cable/internet, streaming and phones. I reject the death by a thousand cuts where everything is rented and nothing is owned.
MS (may they never get laid again) has stolen from me the value of the product I already bought from them.
I will try to find a copy of office 2016 at a reasonable price (probably should have updated anyway, really, 2010 was a long time ago in software years).
Failing that, there is still OpenOffice, the freeware (and worth every penny). If you are going to be ideologically pure, purity has a cost. I took a look at this and it also looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2010.
I suspect they are going to do the same with their operating system and force everyone into Windows 11. I Do Not Want. If that happens, I may have to go Linux.