Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jan 2013 23:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
Microsoft Microsoft has released Office 365 Home Premium. Ars has a review up: "Just like Windows 8, this cloud-tethered version of Office may have a hard time convincing home users it's time to upgrade. There are many useful new features in some of the most heavily used applications of Office, and the new add-in apps provide a useful way to pull external content into documents and presentations. The real question is whether customers - especially consumers - will buy into the service format." You're looking at EUR 100 per year for Office 365 Home Premium. Sure, it's for five PCs - but one, who has that many PCs these days other than families, two, even among those families, how many need Office for five PCs, three, who doesn't buy Office once and just installs it on all PCs in the house, and four, you can't use it for commercial stuff. In other words, virtually everyone is better off buying regular, non-subscription Office 2013 Home & Student. You pay EUR 139 once (instead of EUR 100 every year), and it's yours forever. I really don't understand who the subscription service is for - it's screaming for a single-license, EUR 25 per year option. Also, lose that ridiculous non-commercial bullshit.
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future thinking
by UglyKidBill on Wed 30th Jan 2013 02:02 UTC
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As with so many other cases, this is probably not about selling it now but about "massaging people's brain":

It looks awful today, next year it will be somewhat 'improved' and better priced (and talked and reviewed)...
... the year after that another bit "better" and "familiar", while retail prices will be going up or becoming more cumbersome (i.e. 3-pack licences only)...

... Add to this the walled garden scheme they are pushing and in a few years the service "option" becomes the "logical" choice... and the one we should use if we want to "save the children" ;-)

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