Microsoft Will Sell Office By $70 Subscription

Annual fee aims to bring penny-pinchers, pirates into fold; includes software updates
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 1:44 PM CDT
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates smiles during a launch announcement at the Unified Communications Server 2007 conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Microsoft will start selling its Office software package on a subscription model in mid-July, the AP reports. Instead of paying around $200 for Office, consumers can pay $70 a year, with no additional cost for new versions. In addition to the Office programs, the subscription bundle—named “Equipt”—will come with Microsoft’s OneCare security software.