Microsoft investigating alternative revenue streams for productivity software

Office may go subscription based

Microsoft has revealed that it is experimenting with two new models for its Office-range of software in response to increased competition from open source rivals.

The Redmond-based firm is apparently testing both a subscription-based revenue model as well as one that is free to consumers but makes its money from advertising.

Microsoft has indicated that the subscription-based service should arrive before the end of the year. No pricing has been announced, though it will have to be lower than £10 a month for the Home and Student edition and £30 a month for the Standard edition to make it value for money.

Source: PC World

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