Microsoft Office caught us all off guard when we saw a video of it in action and it actually looked like it came with some new and useful upgrades. Now Microsoft is throwing us another curveball by way of how we’re going to actually get this product in our hands- they propose we lease it from them.
The subscription model is nothing new. Companies like Adobe, Netflix, Amazon (Prime), hey, even DollarShaveClub.com have successfully adopted it and proven that it works, so it was only a matter of time before Microsoft jumped on the bandwagon. And it looks like the price offerings are comparable to what you’d actually pay for it if you purchased and upgraded with every release.
But I’m conflicted on the matter. While the product becomes more up-front affordable, Office is something essential to business- most business- and now we’re all suddenly chained to this five-machine-per-license subscription (unless you pay the more expensive one-time fee for a one-machine-only license). And as I take on more subscriptions to essential products I realize it’s only a matter of time before I’m going to have to weigh “need versus want” with my subscriptions. Before long it might be goodbye Spotify, hello Adobe. And that’s not a game anyone wants to play.
What do you think? Is this the right direction for companies to take? Unlimited updates as long as you continue to pay the subscription price each month? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.