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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:33 pm    Post subject: Subscription model Reply with quote

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. will begin selling its Office programs to consumers on a subscription basis starting mid-July, in a bid to reach thrifty PC buyers who would otherwise pass on productivity software.

The move may also set the stage for Microsoft to offer its consumer-oriented programs as "services" over the Web, by acclimating people now to the new pricing model such a shift could require.

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Subscription pricing for software has become commonplace in businesses but is a relatively new concept for consumers. The Microsoft Equipt bundle formerly code-named "Albany" includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, plus OneCare and a handful of existing free Windows Live applications.

Buying those programs the traditional way would cost about $200, and then consumers who wanted to replace the software with the next version, "Office 14," rumored to be set for a 2009 release, would have to pay full price.

Under the new subscription model, upgrading to a new version is included in the annual cost.

Gordon said Equipt is aimed at people who wouldn't ordinarily buy Office at the same time they purchase a new computer. Instead, they'd repurpose their old Office disks or pirate a friend's copy, he said.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll bet they won't be as cheap as the good Dr.'s Tournament Manager!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that!

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