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"Office is friendlier and more economical than at any point in its history," writes Gizmodo's...

"Office is friendlier and more economical than at any point in its history," writes Gizmodo's Sam Biddle, taking a positive view of Office 2013's (MSFT) feature-rich subscription options. Reviews of the productivity suite (I, II, III) are generally more positive than negative - its cloud services, touch support, and collaboration tools receive praise - but not everyone is convinced consumers should opt for a $100/year subscription instead of a $140 license, in spite of the extra features that come with the former.
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  • "but not everyone is convinced consumers should opt for a $100/year subscription instead of a $140 license, in spite of the extra features that come with the former."

     

    Extra features should come with a huge asterisk; the two offerings discussed are not comparable to each other in many, many ways...
    30 Jan 2013, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • redmond... we have a problem
    the same sort of delusional thinking that brought you Surface

     

    SALES OF WINDOWS RT DEVICES SAID TO BE LESS THAN 1 MILLION UNITS
    ("...Sales are now estimated to be around 400,000 units")
    http://bit.ly/XKa5MK
    30 Jan 2013, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • "but not everyone is convinced consumers should opt for a $100/year subscription instead of a $140 license"

     

    Keep in mind that you get 5 licenses for $100 per year. This is huge for enterprises. $100 per year vs. up to $700 (140 x 5 licenses) over a typical 3 year lifecycle. About 20% of my employees have a company PC and at least one other device (phone and tablet) that requires an office license.
    30 Jan 2013, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • True. But the Small Business Premium version costs $150/year, and (unlike with Home Premium) Microsoft seems to be limiting subscriptions to individual users, albeit while supporting 5 PCs.

     

    http://zd.net/WylXF6
    30 Jan 2013, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • also the 25g skydrive storage, plus the maintenance cost for corporations to do upgrade for each workstations!
    31 Jan 2013, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • If you a Skype user who calls internationally from a smartphone or a computer to a dial-up phone 60 mins/month could pay off the whole yearly subscription.
    30 Jan 2013, 06:52 PM Reply Like
  • $150/yr for an enterprise is chump change vs. the cost to train up your staff on an alternative (e.g. OpenOffice, Google, etc.). For rjgood above, MS's refresh cycle on Office may be ~3 yrs, but don't forget that businesses often skip a version, so it's closer to 6 or 7 years per license. Overall, this is win-win-win - end-users are more likely to move to newest versions (driving upgrades in those who don't), use Office across multiple devices, and MS gets a recurring, predictable and flattened revenue stream. Businesses will also see the benefits for many of the same reasons as above. Office should continue to be cash cow for Microsoft for at least several years to come.
    30 Jan 2013, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • This is a no-brained for businesses. 5 device licences for $100 per year. Sign me up.
    31 Jan 2013, 05:52 AM Reply Like
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