Microsoft continues its campaign to force Office users into a subscription plan by eliminating their discounted home use program.

The program covers people whose employer already has an Office subscription and allowed them to download independent software in a separate machine home for a very reduced price of only $ 15. But no more.

Eligible users will continue to receive a discount, but only in an Office subscription package. No more independent software. Microsoft wants everyone to recognize this change for the wonderful opportunity it is.

"Microsoft is updating the Home Use Program to offer discounts on the latest and most up-to-date products, such as Office 365, which is always updated with premium versions of Office applications on all its devices," he announced cheerfully in a new Frequently asked question this week, before pointing out that "Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 are no longer available as Home Use Program offers."

Why the change? He will not believe it, but it seems that money is at the root. Instead of paying $ 15 for software that you can then use for years, Microsoft's "update" will require that home users (whose employers already have a Microsoft subscription) pay $ 49 or $ 70 for Personal and Home Office services 365 respectively. Every year.

Great savings!

That remains a $ 20-30 savings on normal annual subscription prices of $ 69.99 and $ 99.99 for home and personal, but effectively a tenfold increase in the price in the former independent program

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Microsoft, like Adobe, loves the subscription model in large part because it allows them to generate constant revenue, rather than people paying once to download software and then using it for 5-10 years. Also, if people end their subscriptions, the software stops working. It makes piracy more difficult and gives companies updated contact information on their customer base.

You can still buy independent Office products, but apparently they have a price that makes you think twice about it. For example, Microsoft Office Professional 2019 costs a considerable sum of $ 440, or several years of subscriptions.

Microsoft emphasizes the advantages of the subscription: it provides 1 TB of storage; the ability to use Word, Excel, etc. on other devices through their applications; and has some additional features, as well as occasional updates.

But the truth is that he wants everyone to be paid subscribers instead of single software buyers, and abandoning this aspect of the Home Use program is just one more. sign that the Redmond Beast is determined to get there. ®

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