Gandalf_The_Grey

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People who prefer to pay-once for Office will have a new option in 2021:
What you need to know
  • A new perpetual release of Microsoft Office will arrive in the second half of 2021.
  • Perpetual versions of Office don't require a subscription.
  • The name, price, and exact release date of the next perpetual version of Office is not known at this time.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

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It should come free with the OS.... maybe in another 20 years like it took microsoft defender lol.
Its an old post about the year 2015, but they made $23.5 billion revenues, 25.2% of the total, from the Microsoft Office System.
Here is Q2 2020:
Microsoft Office continues to be a cash cow for the company, with the pivot to an Office 365 subscription business largely deemed a success. Thirty-seven million consumer subscribers of Office 365 is significant, but it still pales in comparison to the enterprise side. In fact, in the previous quarter, Microsoft passed 200 million monthly active Office 365 business users (up from 180 million).
So, IMO they would be stupid to give it away for free.
 

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With a couple hundred MB of download size and for free, I can do almost everything with WPS Office that M$ Office shoves on me with three thousand MB's and at a crazy cost.
Also I will never understand why M$ hates tabs for their explorer & office windows, when they know they have been doing everything wrong with IE in the past. Only when there's competition does M$ understand their mistakes. Hope Google makes a standalone desktop office software someday.
 
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Spawn

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Hi, that IMHO sounds expensive.
Subscription model is better for software you don't technically own, it's cheaper and works around the user.

If Adobe didn't release Creative Cloud, a lot less people and students would have access to legitimate versions of Photoshop, and other professional software.

Perpetual license cons:
  • Expensive
  • Piracy
  • Outdated versions
  • Vulnerabilities