@ZippyV: wrote "didn't demonstrate LibreOffice with touch"
Ummm... Not Calc ZippyV but, at 1:19, he is using Writer with touch.
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Wow! I'm surprised the MS 'subscription nags' (with all due affection) would have mentioned this. Looks VERY promising. THANKS Jim!!
Note to self: Make time to jump through the hoops
@ScottWelker: MSDN Pro is $1200, $800 renewal and gets you Windows, VS, TFS, SQL Server, and $50 of Azure per month.
It does start getting crazy with Premium ($6120) and Ultimate ($13,300), but unless you need the extra features and Dynamics/SharePoint, the pro level is fine.
Close but Pro comes up just a bit short for my needs.
And, a parting thought, I tried REALLY hard to justify an Azure solution but inability to cap charges (can't have a customer get a big bill because some fool abused/attached their site) made it unacceptable. Perhaps billing policies have changed but, too late (for me).
OK. Enough! I'm out until I have something nice to say... Visual Studio (2010), .Net and C#, and SQL Server are GREAT!!
I'm puzzled as to why MS feels they can so alienate those of us who have helped build the systems and software that helped make them such a great success. But, alas, enough whining already. It's just not becoming. Moving on.