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Where to get a cheap copy of Microsoft OneNote 2007?

Since I found all these other OneNote replacements, I spent some time trying to find a bargain on the real thing. Since OneNote 2013 is out I figured there had to some sort of sale or discount out there. Turns out the best deal for OneNote 2007 is on eBay.

I know what you’re thinking – it’s bad business to by a product you have to activate from a place like eBay. Who knows what the previous owner did right? I hear you, but you can find many copies of OneNote that are still sealed in their CD sleeve and that’s where the CD Key is. To that end I found multiple copies of OneNote for $15 and even picked up a copy for less than $5, including shipping.

I checked the sellers and they were pretty reputable with 500-1000 people leaving positive feedback. I’m going to take that as a legit source for software. And honestly, I think these are cast off copies of OneNote. I think they may have been giveaways or were included as part of a bundle and never used. From everything I can they’re good and unused copies. The seller certainly says they’re new and haven’t been activated so if there’s a problem I should have no problem in getting my money back.

But to be honest, I’m kind of excited. It’s nice to know there is a source for cheap copies of OneNote out there. At least for now. I don’t think it’s a huge supply and since I just grabbed 2, the pool is getting smaller. I want to make sure I have working copies for the future. Like I said, I don’t like the interface to OneNote 2013. That whole Office 2013/Windows 8 look and feel is horrible to me. The 2007 version had just the right mix of menus and menu bars.

Anyway, OneNote is an awesome tool for writing down your ideas and actually writing full on articles and stories. Buying the full version can be expensive, but a quick search on eBay will net you some nice deals. Right now I see quite a few copies for $15 or less. Many of them have free shipping. Just make sure the package is still sealed and they specifically mention is HASN’T been activated.

I have a copy coming this Saturday which makes me quite happy. Good luck in getting yours!

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Microsoft sells off one of its Expression products

I actually find this pretty disappointing since Expression Media was originally iView Media Pro which Microsoft bought just a few years back. Of course the big concern was what MS would do with the product once they had it. Ironically, a lot of people (myself included) felt MS would do more harm to the app than good. Arguably, that’s exactly what’s happened. Hopefully it will have a good home now.

Microsoft has sold its Expression Media digital-asset-management application to digital-photography vendor Phase One for an undisclosed amount.

Starting May 25, Phase One is handling customer support and future development for Expression Media. Microsoft will continue to offer support for Expression Media retail customers for the next 90 days, officials said.

Another thing that’s unusual is that Microsoft is still stating they’re making competitor products to Adobe’s photography offerings. Quite some time ago they touted there would be a Photoshop equivalent, which of course never materialized. Now, Microsoft is claiming they will have a Lightroom competitor. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that one to appear.

Let’s see, Microsoft’s JPG killer didn’t take off. They’re PDF killer didn’t take off. They’re Flash killer hasn’t made much of a dent. And now they ditched the last of their photography apps. Microsoft has struck out against Adobe a couple of times and now they’re selling off one photo app with grand plans to launch another? Certainly makes me want to buy what they’re offering! Stable, very stable.

Further, Lightroom is on version 3 and has been incredibly successful from day one. It gained a massive and loyal following while it was still in beta and continues to be incredibly successful. I’m a huge fan of it and considering how well it’s been received and I can’t even conceive of a product Microsoft could offer that would best it in features and usability. I really think Microsoft is barking up the wrong tree here.

Microsoft is continuing to make investments in the professional photography space. Microsoft’s FUSE Labs is working on SmartFlow — a competitor to Adobe Lightroom that will include social-networking hooks.

Microsoft sells off one of its Expression products

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Download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta

I’m not that big a fan of Office 2007. In fact, 2007 is a rather bloated and slow bundle that really doesn’t seem to offer any more features than what 2003 did. It has a new UI but I can’t say I’m that big of a fan of it. As far as Word is concerned about the only thing they added was its ability to post to blogs (which really isn’t that good if you ask me). Excel is Excel and for 90% of us you won’t see a difference in the way it works. You might see a shortcut here and there, but you won’t fall out of your chair with excitement.

OneNote however got some really nice updates with moving tabs and copy/paste (which really should have been in the 2003 version). 2003 is a great version but 2007 seems like it’s more of a finished product. Of course I’m shocked at the install footprint of 400+ MB. How is it 2003 was about 120MB and this version is nearly four times the size? Now, there’s not four times worth of new features that’s for sure.

Well, Microsoft has finally seen that giving people beta versions to work with is a good idea and they’re offering up Office 2010 for download. I can’t run it at work since it won’t (yet again) run on Windows XP 64-bit. I’m considering installing it at home just because I want to see what OneNote has to offer. As far as I’m concerned you really can’t put more into Word. It’s reached feature saturation. All they seem to be doing now is trying to make it more web aware and PDF capable. That’s all fine and dandy, but as far as writing tools go, Word peaked with the 2003 version.

OneNote still has plenty of room to grow and quite honestly if they would put grammar checking into OneNote I would actually ditch Word.

I’m a little curious to see what Outlook has to offer, but considering its still such a hodgepodge of ideas thrown into that app, I doubt it will ever make sense. Or run correctly.

Download Office 2010 Beta

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