And let's not forget the various free alternatives, such as Google Docs, LibreOffice and WPS Office.
All that being said, I like a good deal, and this is a good deal. Today only, Amazon is offering a 12-month Office 365 Home subscription for $54.99 -- the lowest price I can ever recall seeing. It normally sells for $100 (though has been selling at $80 for a while).
This version supports up to six users, and they don't all have to be in your house. Each person gets a 1-terabyte OneDrive cloud account, which is definitely one of the bigger value-adds here.
You also get Publisher, which is one of the few remaining desktop-publishing tools, and Outlook, one of the few remaining full-featured mail clients.
The regular $100 annual price bugs me. I'd really like to see Microsoft drop it to $50 -- but that would be unparalleled, so we have to settle for sales like these.
Designed for things like YouTube videos, video calls, music and the like, the triangular Smart Display is, to my thinking, prettier than the Echo Show.
That said, I'm curious to know what you think of the product category overall. Do we need glorified tablets in the kitchen? Or anywhere else? I'm intrigued, just not yet convinced. I do think $250 is crazy -- the 8-inch model dipped to as low as $99 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- but $160 for the 10 incher feels more palatable.
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