Jaysen wrote:Ok, I did some thinking (dangerous, I know).
How much does the non-educator MS-Office suite cost? Say $400. Don't argue with me, I just checked.
Where did you check? A few days ago Amazon had "Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition" for around $160. Current price is $195.
Jaysen wrote:How much does the UPGRADE cost? If you said $239.95 consider your self as accurate as the Microsnot website.
Again, retailers have it cheaper. $154.39 including shipping was the cheapest I found today, just doing a very quick Google search. You could buy iWork with the savings!
Jaysen wrote:So Apple wants me to pay $79 no matter if I am upgrading or not. That means that I can buy the next four iWork versions before I get to the cost of 1 MS Office version. Not sure how I lose there.
I've used iWork since the first version of Keynote became available, before it was called iWork. I stopped purchasing it. The only application that was worth it for me was Keynote. The lack of an upgrade path made it more expensive than Microsoft Office for me. IIRC I paid around $120 for Office 2004 -which offered MUCH more than iWork- and later paid around $115 to upgrade to "Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition." So far $235 has been cheaper than buying iWork with each release. And I'm sure that it will be a couple of years before I need to spend money on Microsoft Office again.
Jaysen wrote:Oh wait, you don't like the fact that I am comparing Windows software (the MS native platform ironically) to OSX software? Right.
So Office standard for OSX costs Let's see what http://store.apple.com says … wait for it … wait for it … $399.95!
We don't want to user office standard (which is the minimum for any business use, check the EULA)? OK, $149 for "Home/Student". Still seems to me that iWork is cheaper.
I guess I am not real sure what all the complaining about price is about. No matter how you stack it Apple's offering saves you money even without a special upgrade price.
What am I missing?
Your reasoning seems to be geared towards justifying an anti-Microsoft / pro-Apple position. If I looked at list prices for Microsoft products I would probably agree with you, but the fact is that they've made Office very affordable. I missed the $32 offer, but I'm still quite happy with their product and their customer support, and prices have been reasonable. I can't say the same about Apple. In terms of price, quality, and support they've been a disappointment. Early iWork versions were nothing more than glorified betas. I've learned to wait until the third release before I buy (or use) an Apple application. Eventually they do get it right, as has been the case with Safari, mail, etc., although I prefer alternative programs.
Office 2008 is far from perfect. I kept my 2004 copy, and will use Word and Excel from that version quite a bit, but I'm glad I got the new version.
At the current $155 price, you could say it's like paying $31 per application:
Microsoft Expression Media
And getting these as a bonus:
Microsoft Server Exchange Support
Automator Actions for Workflows in Microsoft Office
Out of the aforementioned applications, the only substitution I would use is Keynote instead of PowerPoint. I may start using Quantrix Modeler Professional Edition in addition to Excel. Now that is an expensive program!