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In this day and age of subscription-based software purchasing (that has begun), it's apparent that many people find low monthly payments for such things as Office or Adobe products very appealing-- as it is not the shocking 'all-at-once sacrifice' of several hundred dollars we once had to fork out to possess a legitimate copy of the latest Photoshop or version of PowerPoint. I confess, I have fallen prey to the clever advertising that Microsoft puts out there. For me it is worth it, because I do use the minutes given for Skype each month and make good use of the 1TB per user of space allotted on OneDrive. As far as the latest Office updates go, I haven't seen anything to “wow me” from 2013 to 2016 and would be just as happy with LibreOffice (which I am using right now to write this post on an aging Celeron laptop running Ubuntu Mate).

In my gadget collection I have an HP Stream 7 tablet currently running Windows 10. It began life as an 8.1 system and then received the update to 10. I think I would use it much more if the screen size and resolution were higher. 1024X600 tablets just don't cut it with Windows. They work OK with Android, but just like disc space, Windows wants more. The idea of a Windows tablet is great, because you can't beat the range of software compatibility and ease of using printers and scanners that is available in Windows. One thing definitely worth mentioning is that I run LibreOffice on the Windows tablet, too-- for the sake of space and not to eat up another install from my available 5. Office 365 sees the tablet as just another computer and counts the install as such. As far as LibreOffice on a touchscreen goes, it's about as well-suited as Office is for that (which means hardly at all). You need to use a keyboard and mouse to achieve any sort of efficiency with either Office suite. The biggest selling point with LibreOffice? It's free! Fortunately, when necessary, bluetooth keyboards are cheap and there are micro USB to USB converters you can buy and plug in to any Android phone or tablet.

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