MS Office on Surface Pro 2

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  1. kornchild2002

    kornchild2002 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Hello everyone. I normally hang out in the Notebook forums but I've been contemplating purchasing a Surface Pro 2 as my primary notebook, desktop, and tablet. I like the idea of having an all-in-one unit that I can use as a tablet, turn into a notebook with the battery keyboard cover, and then use as a desktop whenever I get home with the Surface Dock. I played around with one yesterday at the Microsoft Store and was really impressed. I really only have one question though. Currently, with my MacBook Pro and Office 2011, PowerPoint offers a presentation mode when outputting to an external monitor. The external monitor will show the presentation but my Mac's monitor will show the current slide, any notes I have for that slide, the time from when the presentation has started, and then the next slide. I have become used to this and used it quite a bit when giving presentations. Does the Surface Pro 2 offer something similar (or the same thing) when displaying PowerPoint presentations with Office 2013? If it does, I will seriously contemplate getting a Surface Pro 2 though I am waiting 4 days to see what Microsoft does at their Surface event on the 20th.
     
  2. jnjroach

    jnjroach Technology Strategist Super Moderator

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    Yes it built into Office 2013 as well (actually been on the PCs from at Office 2010)
     
  3. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes Scribbler - Standard Member

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    You have this features. It is part of Office 2010, and 2013.
    Office is, however, not included in the Surface Pro 2 out of the box. Much like your Mac, you need to purchase a license.

    If you have multiple system, have a look at Microsoft Office 365. It's a subscription option for 5 PC or Mac and devices for 99$ per year (US/Canadian pricing) - auto update for free when a new Office comes out - and includes all Office software. If you only have 1 system, you can get the full license, it will be a better value at only 150$ per PC, the basic edition, or you can check out the other editions of course.

    If you are a student, you can get Office 365 University, which all the Office programs for 4 years for only 75$ total (US/Canadian prices), for 2 PC/Macs

    Just something to look into, based on your needs.
     
  4. kornchild2002

    kornchild2002 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I currently have a student 4 year Office 365 subscription so that isn't an issue. I wasn't interested in the Surface Pro 2 until I was walking by the MS store yesterday and saw that they were selling it for $200 off. I had always contemplated having an all-in-one PC but didn't think it could happen until I started playing around with it yesterday. I just wasn't sure if PowerPoint offered the same functionality when displaying a presentation as I haven't used PowerPoint on a Windows PC, like that, for a good 5 years (before I upgraded to Office 2010).
     
  5. aznguyen316

    aznguyen316 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    $200 off a surface pro 2? Sounds like a great price. Wonder if this has anything to do with a possible sp3 announcement.
     
  6. kornchild2002

    kornchild2002 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Well, it's not quite $200. They are running a back to school promotion where every PC in their store, $599 and up, is $100 off. Students can then get an additional 10% off from the original price. So it's $199 off of the 128GB Pro 2 and $189 off of the 64GB model.
     
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