Wednesday, October 21

Microsoft backs down: there will be a new version of Office without subscription

In March, Microsoft 365 for business also added families and individuals, with exclusive subscription access. Six months later it seems they have rethought it, because they have announced a “perpetual” version for 2021. What does it mean? The Office 2019 announcement, just two years ago, is one of the most surreal we can remember. In the press release of the commercial version of Office 2019, the one you buy once and keep it forever, Microsoft insisted over and over again that it was a version “for people who were not ready for the cloud”, “without updates “, and that it was much better to use the subscription service in the Office 365 cloud. He also hinted that it would possibly be the last offline version of Office. Last spring, Satya Nadeya’s company announced that the cloud version, Office 365, was renamed Microsoft 365, and integrated families and private users, accessible upon payment of a subscription of 7 euros per month or 69 euros per year for each user. The family subscription for 6 people stays at 10 euros per month or 99 euros per year. It seemed that Microsoft was going to go for this format, but as Windows Central has discovered, in the September update of the Microsoft Exchange Team blog, it is indicated that: “Microsoft Office will also see a new perpetual release for Windows and Mac, in the second half of 2021 “. What does it mean? Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s lightest laptop, ideal for teleworking and studying. With camera enhancements for video calls, full keyboard, instant power on, fast charging and all-day battery life. The perpetual version of Office is the classic version of a lifetime: the one you bought before on floppy disks, CDs or DVDs, and later on digital. You pay once and keep it forever. It is obvious that a significant percentage of users, especially families and individuals, do not want or cannot pay 69 or 99 euros a year to use Office, especially if it is not going to be an intensive use. So Microsoft has thought better of it, and in the second half of 2021 it will launch a new version of Office, presumably Office 21, which can be purchased with a single payment and used forever. In the blog this important piece of information is mentioned in a single sentence, because as we have mentioned, Microsoft reluctantly launches this perpetual version, since it wants everyone to use Microsoft 365 in the cloud, by subscription. But the economic reality and in terms of use, is different. These five computers have plenty of power for your day to day, in addition to a weight of less than 1.5 kg so you can always carry them with you. Many users cannot afford to pay 100 euros a year for their family to use Office occasionally, and at the same time many of them prefer to edit their documents on their PC locally, and not depend on the cloud. For all of them, there will be a perpetual version of Office in the second half of 2021, which will replace the current Office 2019.

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