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Microsoft drives users towards subscription service with Office 2013

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Microsoft is getting ready to launch Office 2013 within the next few weeks, says longtime Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley. Based on information that Microsoft shared with some of its partners this week, the stand-alone versions of Office Standard 2013 and Office Professional Plus 2013 look set to retail at $369 and $499 respectively, she writes.

On the other hand, the subscription offering of Office 2013 will cost $12.50 per month for Office Home & Business 2013, $15 for Office Standard 2013, and $20 per month for Office Professional Plus 2013.

The inclusion of multi-device licensing for its subscription service makes it clear that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is trying to convince both businesses and end-user customers to take the subscription route. Certainly, the ability to install Office on more than one device can be highly appealing to families that own more than one PC.

It must be noted, however, that the subscription model is pricier to all but students in the long run. Depending on their choices, organizations that only upgrade alternate releases of Office could find themselves paying up to four times the cost. Either way, businesses should evaluate their costs carefully before arriving at a decision.

For more:
- check out this article at ZDNet

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