How do Microsoft Office subscriptions work?

I'm old school, so to me you just buy/download Microsoft Office and that's the end of that.

However I seen a few tablets that come with "12 months" of Microsoft Office. How does that work? Do you have to keep renewing your subscription???

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 15, 2014 at 13:30

Yes, you need to renew your subscription... LOL
It's all I know, because I use free alternatives such as Libre Office... I have never paid for office software, and I never will. Certainly not for an office suite made by MS :p (I'll get spanked for this comment... But nevermind)

TJ Skywasher  Dec. 15, 2014 at 20:03

You pay for it and then you keep on paying! What a good idea Microsoft! Seems a lot of big name software is going subscription based, maybe even Windows at some point if rumours are to be believed. Personally I steer clear of anything subscription based, I'd rather pay once and own whatever it is and choose whether to get the next version or skip it.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 15, 2014 at 20:31

Yep. I'm not against paying for software. Not at all. But, don't annoy me with add-ons and renewals and in-app 'bonus' material without which the 'free' app does nothing!

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 16, 2014 at 09:32

Yeah, you need to pay for subscription and it's a waste for a tablet. You better off paying one time fee for some app that can edit office documents on either Android or iPad.

For PC subscription makes a lot of sense. Sometimes you manage to get it for $79 a year.
- You can have office on 5 devices, excellent deal if you have desktop, laptop or two and a tablet. Before, you would need to shell out for each device separately. Was it around $250 before?
- You get 1TB of storage
- All documents and anything else you fancy to upload is available on all devices


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