Reply to post: Re: Ransomware

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions

BinkyTheMagicPaperclip Silver badge

Re: Ransomware

Not in the slightest. It's 'pay us a fee, or you won't be able to continue to edit files in the officially approved way'

It doesn't stop you using third party products (Libreoffice, Ability Office)

It doesn't prevent your documents being transformed to another format prior to your subscription ending

It doesn't hinder access to your files after your subscription has ended

It doesn't stop you viewing files either as there's Word Mobile freely available. This probably also allows printing (and thus export to PDF or similar) but I can't be bothered to check.

Ransomware stops files being opened or any data from being extracted, full stop. It is not the same thing.

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