Big changes in Office 2013 and Office 365 test Microsoft customers' loyalty
Summary: Microsoft's new license terms for retail editions of Office 2013 have received intense scrutiny this week. But those changes are just part of a much larger story. Look closely at Office 2013 and you see Microsoft's radical new business model in action.
By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | February 15, 2013 -- 21:42 GMT (13:42 PST)
If you’re surprised by the revelation that the retail editions of Office 2013 will cost more than their predecessors and come with more severe license restrictions, you haven’t been paying attention.
The retail editions of Office 2013 contain fundamental changes that go well beyond simple changes in the license agreement. They fundamentally alter the way we think of desktop software.
Microsoft has thrown massive amounts of resources at the task of integrating cloud-based services into its flagship products. SkyDrive is a core part of Windows 8. Office 365 services are fundamental to Office 2013. Azure is moving entire server farms into the cloud.
The subscription-based offerings of Office 365 are just a hint of what’s to come.
The biggest change of all?
Big changes in Office 2013 and Office 365 test Microsoft customers'
Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:33 PM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:35 PM
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What you gain and lose with Office 2013 subscriptions
Summary: Can Microsoft convince you that renting Office is better than buying? They're using a classic carrot-and-stick approach to get you to switch. Sticking with "traditional" software will cost you dearly.
By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | September 17, 2012 -- 21:17 GMT (14:17 PDT)