backtop


Print 41 comment(s) - last by ImSpartacus.. on Apr 23 at 7:33 PM

Subscription and ad-supported versions of Office applications in the cards

For many computer users around the world when they think of typing a letter or a research paper, the first thing they think of is Word from Microsoft’s Office suite. The problem for buyers of new computers is that the application typically doesn’t come with a new computer and Office costs in the area of $400 for some versions.

In light of the high price for software that many people simply don’t utilize completely, there are a number of open source alternatives taking some of Microsoft’s thunder away because they are free – applications like OpenOffice and Google Docs for example. Google Docs is especially becoming more interesting to users looking for a Microsoft Office alternative thanks to its recently added offline functionality.

To try and gain back some of what it perceives to be market loss, Microsoft is said to be looking at new business models for its Office applications. According to PC World, Microsoft is considering two new access methods for Office applications including a subscription based model and a free ad-supported version of Microsoft Works.

Exactly what the pricing would be on a subscription version of Microsoft Office is unknown, but as PC World points out it would have to be under $33 per month to remain competitive with the straight purchase option. Many would have a hard time stomaching a subscription-based model.

Microsoft is also reported to be pilot testing an ad-supported version of Microsoft Works that could be provided on new PCs at no change in exchange for having to put up with ads. How exactly the ads would be presented is unknown. Some sort of a quasi-unobtrusive permanent ad space like you see in some versions of the Eudora mail application might not be too bad.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Office is overpriced
By Cherish on 4/21/2008 5:40:58 PM , Rating: 5
Too bad you haven't heard of Home And Student Edition. The most reasonably priced one.


RE: Office is overpriced
By 306maxi on 4/21/2008 5:49:51 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't have Outlook which is a deal breaker for me. I can do without Word and Powerpoint tbh. My girlfriend got her copy of Office Ultimate 2007 through the ultimate steal promotion for a rather reasonable price. So I just use her computer or remote into it if I'm feeling especially lazy.


RE: Office is overpriced
By ImSpartacus on 4/21/2008 8:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't have Outlook which kills it for me. I also use Access from time to time, but I can deal with using OpenOffice for that.


RE: Office is overpriced
By Houdani on 4/22/2008 10:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
A full version of Outlook is around $85 and Home/Student is $120 (Amazon prices). So for $205 you can build a FrankenOffice which is $100 cheaper than the full version of MS Office Standard.

As a bonus, you can legally install Home/Student on three PCs in your house AND transfer the license to other machines when you buy new computers.

From the license agreement:
"You may install one copy of the software on three licensed devices in your household for use by people who reside there. ... You may reassign the license to a different device any number of times, but not more than one time every 90 days."

Source:
http://www.microsoft.com/about/legal/useterms/defa...


RE: Office is overpriced
By ImSpartacus on 4/23/2008 6:36:21 AM , Rating: 2
Oh shnap, I didn't think Outlook was so cheap. I always thought Office apps were 100-150$ each. Nice call.


"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki