Microsoft Announces Office Subscription Service

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Microsoft Subscription ServiceMicrosoft just announced a new service offering for its PC consumers called Equipt. Equipt is a software subscription service (purchased through Circuit City) that will include Microsoft Office, Windows Live OneCare, Messenger and Photo Gallery services.

The new service will be available for $69.99 at all Circuit City stores in mid July. The price will cover one year of service on up to three PCs as well as free upgrades on Office, OneCare and Messenger. Analsyts predict Microsoft is trying to create more buzz in the home market. According to Bryson Gordon, Microsoft’s Office product manager, “Equipt is a convenient and affordable way to stay updated with the latest versions of Office and Windows Live OneCare.”

Equipt may appeal to some desktop users who want to stay on technology’s cutting edge, however, some are saying this isn’t a good step for Microsoft. According to them, most people who use Microsoft’s Office products only use the basic features and fuctions and therefore do not care about upgrades. Also, Microsoft Office 2007 sells for $112 for lifetime rights, so this may not be a bargain.

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