Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

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Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by Caduceus » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:12 am

I don't want to pay $100 every year for Office 365. I only need Word and Excel and maybe the occasional Powerpoint. I'd like to buy the traditional CD + Lifetime Key that Microsoft used to sell.

I've searched on Amazon and Ebay but it seems like there are many fake copies there with keys that are either illegally obtained or cracked. They are going for about $120, so if I could be sure they were genuine, this would save me thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

Is there a legitimate and safe way to buy these older CD copies of Office? I'd like to buy it once and then forget about it the rest of my life.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by livesoft » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:55 am

What's wrong with buying from a reputable store like BestBuy or OfficeDepot or NewEgg or ...?
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by Katietsu » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:05 am

Office home and student is currently $99 at BestBuy. It seems to have everything you want.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by bob60014 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:08 am

As you are just wanting the basics, why not use the Google or Libre Office versions? They're very similar, compatible and free.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by Gryphon » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:12 am

You can also buy it directly from Microsoft for $99 this week. This is a download, not a CD, but it's the stand-alone version that you're looking for.

I don't think Microsoft even makes a CD version of Office anymore, so I'd be suspicious of anyone selling that.

If you really want to buy through Amazon, just look for a copy that's being sold *by* Amazon and not by a third party.
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by oldcomputerguy » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:19 am

bob60014 wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:08 am
As you are just wanting the basics, why not use the Google or Libre Office versions? They're very similar, compatible and free.
I'll second this. If you're just wanting to use it at home and don't need 100% interchangeability with Microsoft Office documents, LibreOffice might suit you. I use it daily at home for word processing, spreadsheets, and the occasional presentation.

(I said "100% interchangeability" because, although LibreOffice document import and export to/from MS Office is very good, it does have problems with things like working with MS-specific macros and add-ons. But for 99% of what I do, it's good enough. And you can't beat the price.)
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by HomeStretch » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:22 am

I bought a CD version from Amazon (sold and shipped by Amazon) this summer. No issues.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by hudson » Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:26 am

Gryphon wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:12 am
You can also buy it directly from Microsoft for $99 this week. It appears to be a download, not a CD, but there's no subscription.
CD versions may be a thing of the past. I haven't used a CD to install popular software in around 10 years.

The same deal that Gryphon listed above is available directly from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H4XBM1R?aa ... XBM1R&th=1

I would say that it was the equivalent of a CD. You can re-download from your Amazon Software Library. I just looked at my library. It still has Office 2010 and HR Block 2010 that I bought years ago.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Microsoft or Amazon...at the links above.

Save the download somewhere safe; maybe send yourself an email detailing where you saved it....so that 3 years from now you remember.
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by livesoft » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:33 am

Can you even buy a computer nowadays with a CD/DVD reader? :twisted:
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by HueyLD » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:39 am

livesoft wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:33 am
Can you even buy a computer nowadays with a CD/DVD reader? :twisted:
Yes, absolutely.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by Steelersfan » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 am

bob60014 wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:08 am
As you are just wanting the basics, why not use the Google or Libre Office versions? They're very similar, compatible and free.
I switched to them this summer and use both, for different applications. They both work just fine, and you can save anything you create in Microsoft format if you're sharing with someone else.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by HoosierJim » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:20 am

Steelersfan wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 am
bob60014 wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:08 am
As you are just wanting the basics, why not use the Google or Libre Office versions? They're very similar, compatible and free.
I switched to them this summer and use both, for different applications. They both work just fine, and you can save anything you create in Microsoft format if you're sharing with someone else.
AND when your pc dies, get a Chromebook and further simplify.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by plannerman » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:12 pm

Here's a new legitimate version of Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus for less than $40.00. https://softwareproworld.com/index.php/ ... -2019.html

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by hudson » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:19 pm

plannerman wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:12 pm
Here's a new legitimate version of Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus for less than $40.00. https://softwareproworld.com/index.php/ ... -2019.html

plannerman
Microsoft sells it for $439.
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by SpaghettiMonster » Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:44 pm

I was just at Costco today and saw that they sell the one-time only purchase of Student and Home for $89 I believe.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by RickBoglehead » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:14 pm

plannerman wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:12 pm
Here's a new legitimate version of Microsoft Office 2019 Professional Plus for less than $40.00. https://softwareproworld.com/index.php/ ... -2019.html

plannerman
Nothing legitimate about it. They are reselling licenses. A simple Google search shows that.
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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by HoosierJim » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:37 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:14 pm
Nothing legitimate about it. They are reselling licenses. A simple Google search shows that.
They may be reselling MSDN licenses which is not legal. Buyer beware. Google is getting delisting requests due to copyright.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by KyleAAA » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:05 pm

You can buy the a digital download directly frim Microsoft. CDs as a distribution method for software are fast becoming a thing of the past. Many new computers don't even include a CD drive of any kind.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by Voltaire2.0 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:45 pm

I have to use Google's office-like applications for work and I hate them. Lame copies of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. You do get what you pay for.

If you prowl Amazon you can find perpetual license versions Office 2016 or 2019 (Home or Pro) in the downloadable key format. Usually an Amazon sanctioned reseller is the vendor and the price can be quite cheap. Diligent price shopping is required. Activating and installing is simple. Prior to installation create a Restore Point just in case and after testing your new Office applications uninstall the old.

Word to this wise: CCleaner is not compatible with Office 2019 on Windows 10. So if you use CCleaner today you'll have to learn to do without.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by iamlucky13 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:19 am

Steelersfan wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 am
bob60014 wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:08 am
As you are just wanting the basics, why not use the Google or Libre Office versions? They're very similar, compatible and free.
I switched to them this summer and use both, for different applications. They both work just fine, and you can save anything you create in Microsoft format if you're sharing with someone else.
If I remember right, you can save in the older .doc format, not the current .docx format. If this is important, double check in case I'm remembering right.

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Re: Where to buy the CD version of Microsoft Office?

Post by Steelersfan » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:03 am

iamlucky13 wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:19 am
Steelersfan wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:09 am
bob60014 wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:08 am
As you are just wanting the basics, why not use the Google or Libre Office versions? They're very similar, compatible and free.
I switched to them this summer and use both, for different applications. They both work just fine, and you can save anything you create in Microsoft format if you're sharing with someone else.
If I remember right, you can save in the older .doc format, not the current .docx format. If this is important, double check in case I'm remembering right.
Not true. I just checked both, and both can save in .docx format.

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