re: MS Office 2013: Will Subscriptions Be a Hit?
Hardy anyone talking about Office 2013 Standalone versions bothers to point out the biggest most important change. It is NON-Transferable.
Once installed it is locked to that machine.
Folks who purchase a standalone version who upgrade their machine, or replace it regardless of why, will need to purchase anther copy.
I purchased a new Dell desktop in November. I wanted to move my Office 2010 to it. Because I was out of warranty Microsoft said I needed a premium support call. $99.00 Cheap compared to buying another copy of Office 2010 Pro.
BUT with Office 2013 and the new rules I would be told "Sorry it is not transferable buy another copy".
When I do need to upgrade, since I use my copy of Office for "commercial use" I won't be able to get "Office 365 Home Premium", which is ONLY for non commercial use.
I figure a lot of people will get burned and a percentage will move to Office alternatives. How large a percentage? Will Microsoft Office go the way of WordPerfect?
Often the same folk that a year or two ago would not consider anything but "Real" Office, regardless of what features they needed, are now eager to find alternatives. The difference? Now they are using the iPad or an Android tablet .
For the rest of us, if we need "Real" Office it will be one form of Office 365, like it or not.
The good news about Office 365 is the subscription model will ENCOURAGE folks to look at alternatives. But if the alternative will cost you an hour or two a month troubleshooting formatting or the like, well then Office 365 will cost less.