Microsoft plans to charge about $100 per year for a family for the new Office 365 cloud-based platform. Each family will get Office license for at least 5 users, or averaging only $20 per user per year. Users must pay annually, so they cannot pay monthly. Office 365 includes applications Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others. The applications can run on a laptop, a desktop PC, or on a tablet (i.e., Surface). Each user can login into Office 365 with their own account (i.e., using a Live ID) and working on their documents separately.
Microsoft will also increase the storage for storing Word, Excel, PowerPoint files. The old storage size was 7GB. The new storage size is now 20GB.
Aside using Office applications, Microsoft is also trying to promote Skype communication system over the Internet (VOIP). Each family will get a free 60 minutes calling plan with other family members and friends anywhere in the world.
The new Microsoft’s offer is considered as a new trend. The giant software company has shifted its strategy toward paid-subscription clients. The new business model will send users’ files into a cloud-based platform, compared to the old-model where users will have to install the Office applications on each their laptops or desktops, while storing their files locally.
The benefits for subscribers includes that they will receive updates frequently on new products and services. Microsoft promises to release new features to all paid-subscribers as soon as those new features are available for free download.
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