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what program would i use instead of office ?

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on a windows 10 PC - 64 bit; my client finds OFFICE too expensive while the stuent version is 149euro, and does NOT have Outlook - the home & Business that has outlook costs 269 Euro
i know i can install Open office, but it does not come with an outlook compatible progam

question : what softwares to choose for OFFICE and outlook
if possible - retain mail adress, and easy transfer of the existing pst file
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Echo S - actually the price is 69 euro/year here
it seems they found a way to increase their income  - in 10 years 690 Euro
if you compare that with office 2016business at 216 euro ...
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ok Rindi - i'll try that and let you know later on
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Single office application alone costs 100$, should be crumbles compared to 200$ windows purchase already done.
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here windows10 home is listed as 129

Rindi - can i import the pst file in thunderbird?
libre office and thunderbird are installed -went without a hitch; tx for the suggestion
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PST files are only compatible with outlook and exchange, so no. But there should be no need to import anything unless they are just archives. The mail and data should be located on the mail server.

If the mails aren't on the server anymore, or the PST's are archive files, then you will have to use outlook to export them to thunderbird. This means you will at least have to install Outlook temporarily on the PC. The Link below explains how you can do it. One thing I recommend you do when you setup the email account in Thunderbird, set it up as an IMAP and not POP account (provided the email provider supports IMAP). IMAP has many advantages over POP, for exampleyou can see the complete directory structure on the server, with POP you only see the server's inbox, and no sub-folders.

http://www.pstwalker.com/how-to-convert-outlook-data-files-pst-and-ost-to-thunderbird.html
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Rindi  - that is a 50$ software (it's not much but for a student, you know, )
i found i could backup the pst with an older version of thunderbird - and did so
but now i do not find where to store the profile  manually in the portable version ?
can you help plse?

meantime i setup outlook on the old drive seems to be a pop account
do you know if that can be changed to imap  with data retention?

CompprobSolv she only uses mail - nothing else
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It is under \ThunderbirdPortable\Data\Profile.
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she is a student - and the price for home and student = 149 €
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Gerwin i'm from Belgium
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student versions are only in local languages (i.e no English in Belgium even for international students)
Unless you intend to use sharepoint you should be fine with libreoffice
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If it is only email, then Thunderbird (or other respectable email clients) are good solutions.

Windows Live Mail (free from Microsoft) may be a reasonable solution if email groups are not important.

Thunderbird should be able to import from the PST file directly.  If Outlook was set to use POP and delete mail from the server, then you'll have to do do an import.  If it was using IMAP or it left all mail on the server then Thunderbird will retrieve all Inbox mail.  Sent Mail is a different story with POP.
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Gerwin - you're correct, i looked at your link
i don't know why that did not cross my mind before -  but it is a good solution (even if for now i don't use it)

CompProbSolv Thunderbird says the support for importing pst files  ended with version 38 -  and that's just the problem with nearly all clients : nobody knows if he's using POP or IMAP
and how to check that if the system does not run??
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Most mail providers allow access to the email via a web-browser so you don't need a client. If yours has such an option logon to the email using firefox or another browser, and if you see all the old mail there everything is fine.
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well the client in this case dislikes the webmail version, and wants outlook

rindi - i could not find the profile, so i removed portable apps folder completely
but thanks for the info, i lerarned again some things

she went for the student offer of Office 365 for 4 years
problem is i cannot download it there, it says i have to do that from the buyer account - is that correct?
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> problem is i cannot download it there, it says i have to do that from the buyer account - is that correct?
The Office downloads/installs I get from Microsoft require me to log on, yes. Activation needs the account as well.
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so i cannot do this for another person?   bummer..
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You can probably do a remote assistance session with the client and install it that way. He/She'd have to be there to input passwords and such, of course.
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yep it's new for me too Gerwin
and yes, ECHo_S  i can use teamviewer
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client decided to go for the student offer of office 365

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