« on: July 10, 2015, 09:24:33 PM »
Thanks for your reply, Alan. I was initially concerned about rumors to the effect that Chinese syndicates were operating out of Canadian based front websites to sell counterfeit programs. I found a USA based software firm, "Software Tent", that includes offers of MS products that MS no longer retails. It has a good WOT rating, so I bought MS Office 2010 Professional (Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Onenote, Outlook and 2010 Tools) for $99.99. I downloaded it and they provided the key code for installation. MS accepted it and updated the program. That provides a fair amount of software for a reasonable cost.
I installed the Office 2010 on a Vista desktop that I bought back in 2009. At that time, the free upgrade to Win7 was just a few months beyond the expiration date of the offer, so I stayed with Vista. Believe it or not, it is still working OK for what I use it for. I have an ASUS laptop that came with WIN7. So, I will probably upgrade that for free to WIN10, after the frantic upgrade melee settles down.
If I can find a really good deal on a new WIN10 desktop, that will bring me back to an up-to-date status, that fell woefully behind the eight ball with the WIN8/8.1 fracas. I just couldn't see messing around with 8, so I didn't. I am very encouraged, however, about the foretold positive merits of WIN10, and I feel that a new machine with the latest version of Office (2013/2016, 365) makes the most sense. That would give me a desktop and laptop with Windows 10. Upgrading the Vista machine to WIN 7 ($105.00), and then free upgrading to WIN10, could make sense as long as my desktop holds out. As you say, decisions, choices (etc.).
The Office 365 idea makes a lot of sense, as well. Thanks for taking the time to give me a few pointers. Doug