Microsoft’s Office 2013 Is Now Solely Available Online

Microsoft’s ecosystem wide refresh of their products is bringing some very interesting changes to the way the company is going about their products and services. Yesterday, Microsoft announced Office 2013 and the best bit is that the service is a download only thing. There will be no DVDs and even though Microsoft is selling boxed packs of Office 2013, they contain only product codes. This push towards the cloud is bound to be favorable for Microsoft because they have now started a subscription service instead selling the product for once and for all.

The subscription model has been used by many web startups which offer their services online, a few examples being Basecamp, Buffer, Dropbox and so on. Even Adobe got into a similar position by launching their Creative Cloud. This shows that older yet larger corporations like Microsoft and Adobe are using flexible payment models to maximize their earnings and reduce piracy of their software in addition to catching up with the times.

Microsoft’s Office 2013 includes the Office 365 product which puts your office applications in the browser. The new offerings include bundled plans for around 5 desktops (whether Windows or Mac). You can now pay for one year or for one month depending on what option is best for you. You have different Office versions to choose from like Office Home and Student 2013, Office Professional 2013, Office 365 Home Premium etc. and they all come with different features right from the number of PCs you can install it on to Skydrive storage and Skype minutes. This flexibility is good for the consumer as it allows him to still use quality software according to his requirements instead of buying the whole thing and not using most of the features/benefits.

This new product pricing and distribution strategy will result in hassle free installs of the popular office suite, reduce piracy, make users happy in addition to making Office strong enough to deal with competitors.

You can find out more about Office 2013 in the link given below.

Website | Office 2013

Story Source | Financial Express

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