MS Office to Become Available as a Subscription Service
Microsoft and Circuit City are partnering together to offer consumers a subscription-based service that includes MS Office, Windows Live One Care, Photo Gallery and Messenger. Marketed under the name Equipt, the $69.99 annual subscription will be available only through Circuit City and will include free upgrades. Microsoft already offers subscription services to its commercial clients. MS Office includes the Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications. By using a subscription service, consumers would be able to get the latest versions of te software as they become available. For those users that rarely use all of the latest and greatest features though, the $70 annual fee could prove unattractive as MS Office Home can be had for around $112.