I am currently looking at accounting/tax software and their system requirements.
As I do not curently have any version of Excel my options are Office 2013 or Office 365. Office 2013 (Home and Business) is a 1PC licence and sells for asbout £220 and as I have a desktop and laptop I will need to spend £440. It also appears that the licence dies when your machine does i..e new machine = another £220. This seems utterly greedy to me, especially as Office 2010 was a 2PC licence with a lot more transfer flexibility.
So, I am looking at Office 365 as you rent the software as a combination of desktop and cloud (you can use both/either). This works out at £100 p.a. for up to 25 users on one licence. If neither of my computers die in the next 4 years then it's expensive - if either/both die or are upgraded then it's a bargain.
On top of this, my prefered VT software will not run on 365. This potentially makes using VT a lot more expensive than I would like.
My dilema is, do I cough up £440 to use VT or do I look elsewhere (I have just emailed Taxcalc to see if they are ok with Office 365). I have also tried desperately to find a copy of Office 2010 but this is no longer available (There are a few copies here and there at highly inflated prices and from internet sellers I'm unure about).
In the scheme of things this is probably a small hurdle to jump but right now it feels like a right royal pain!