John wants to know if Microsoft Office comes with Windows. Leo says it doesn't, but there's an open source option called Libre Office, which is free, and will do most of what MS Office does, including reading all Office document files. Buying Office is very expensive, but he can do a monthly subscription rate, which is about $100 a year for Office Home. It's the most affordable solution.
Don wants to know if he can use Microsoft Office with his Note 8 Android phone. Leo says yes, and that's because it's attached to his Outlook/Office account. There's even an Office Android app that's even better, and it's free. It's a great experience too, and this is why Microsoft is selling Samsung Galaxy phones in its stores.
Frank wants to timestamp PDF blueprints that he prints up, and he wants to be able to print them in order by group number and file name. He's created a database in excel to do this and then created a batch file. Leo says this is how programmers are born, by creating scripts and macros to streamline the workflow. Leo also says that a database program would be easier and can be done automatically. It would also allow him to create the PDF from the database and when he makes changes, the PDFs will be updated automatically.
Mike is wondering how good the encryption is in Microsoft Word and Excel documents. Leo says it's actually pretty good and that it's adequate, but not uncrackable. Leo says it's hard to crack stuff on the web when a service can slow the attacker down. But if someone can get a document that's locked and own it, there's nothing to stop them from trying a million passwords a second, and brute-force that document. Having said that, Microsoft has started using strong encryption on documents. The weak link will be the password.
Carl has made backup flash drives, but he can't read the Word Office files that are on them. Leo says that the files are .DOCX files created by Word and he'll need to open them with Word. Instead, what he's seeing is "word salad" which is Word format commands that tell the software what fonts to display, indents, margins, etc. So if his other app doesn't understand the format, he should try using Word's built-in backup solution, then restore it with the other copy of his app. There could be something that gets corrupted in the transfer by just dragging and dropping.
This week a lot of companies announced their quarterly profits and losses, and Microsoft had a very good quarter. Net income in 3 months of 6.5 billion. For the first time ever, Microsoft made more money with Microsoft Office subscriptions than off the shelf copies. This has become a common practice for software now.
Ron bought a new computer, he imaged the drive on his old one, but Office didn't work when he restored a backup to the new PC. Leo says that he has to have the discs in order to update the software and install it. That's why these days software companies have him download the software, so he can install them with a simple download. Life is easier that way.
Paul wants to know about Libre Office. Leo says that Libre is open source software and it's free. It has many of the same features as Microsoft Office. It's just as good, but is not as polished as Microsoft. Leo's a fan of it.
If Paul would rather have Microsoft Office, he should check out Microsoft Office Web. It's a stripped down version of Office that he can use online and it's free.
The Old Geek has a friend who's worried that his Microsoft Office subscription will expire and lock him out of all his documents. Is there a way around this? Leo says that even when Office expires, he can still open his documents, he just can't edit them.