Microsoft Chimes In on Software Subscriptions


Yesterday, Adobe announced that it would henceforth focus its efforts on Creative Cloud — its pay-as-you-go, all-you-can-eat service which incorporates Photoshop, Illustrator and other tools — and would no longer offer meaningful updates to Creative Suite, the conventional boxed-software version of its bundle. I wondered when Microsoft would make a similar move with Office 365, its subscription-service version of Office.

And now Microsoft has responded, in a blog post by the company’s Clint Patterson:

Like Adobe, we think subscription software-as-a-service is the future. The benefits to consumers are huge. Subscribers are always up-to-date. They get the latest and most complete applications. They can use subscriptions across the multitude of devices people use today. Web services like SkyDrive and applications like Skype are also more easily integrated with subscription services, like the new Office 365 Home Premium.

However, unlike Adobe, we think people’s shift from packaged software to subscription services will…

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