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September 25, 2015

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Microsoft Office 2016: subscribe or suffer?


Microsoft’s business strategy is shifting from thinking of its offerings as standalone products to thinking of them as services. There’s much merit in that outlook, especially for users who want their apps to work everywhere, from laptop to phone to Xbox. However, if you’d prefer to pay once for your software rather than subscribe, you’re going to find a lot of limitations. This week Microsoft released Office 2016 for Windows and Mac, available with Office 365 or as a one-time purchase. But beware: the one-time payment option means single-user licenses, no mobile access, and steep pricing. Find out what your Microsoft Office 2016 options are. Read more »


Tom McNamara

Senior Editor

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