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Microsoft has launched a private beta test of a subscription version of its Office and security software. Dubbed Albany the package includes Office Live and OneCare - Microsoft's bundle of security and anti-virus products. It is aimed at consumers rather than businesses - Microsoft is already trialling similar offerings for …


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  1. marc

    Live Mail

    Does Live Mail still have adverts plastered all over it?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Software Subscriptions

    Does this mean that one day Windows will become a subscription where you pay monthly to use it?

    If so, will Microsoft supply the hardware to run it on?

    Can we charge Microsoft (and other companies) for allowing their software on our equipment?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    So users would then be subjected to upgrades only when MS decides that it has squeezed enough cash out of you. There is enough free stuff out there so that home users need never be beholden to MS. They just need to realise that Bill Gates didn't invent the computer.

    Paris because she would make a fine subscription service.

  4. Tom Brooks

    Copy of Salesforce and Google

    What a copy of what salesforce and google already do. Just like microsoft to come late to the party but will no doubt dominate this venue too.

  5. Joseph Haig
    Gates Horns

    Microsoft Beta software

    Will beta testers also get access to Vista? After all, Mr Balmer said ...

    Evil Bill icon because there isn't an Evil Steve one. Well, there is, but ...

  6. andy
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    A title is required

    I'm sure when this goes live it will get bundled on PC's with a 3 month free trail and people will just pay up when it asks like thay do with anti-virus software

  7. Risky
    Gates Halo

    I'm all for subscriptions

    Provided they makes a decent price for all machines it the household. I'm still considering going the technet route as a few others have.

  8. Brian Whittle
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    money is the key

    you know the price is going to be too much as is all software directly from microsoft

    From Microsoft an upgrade of Office 2007 Home Office/student edition from the trial that comes bundled with most PCs is about £145

    You can get a no disc version version of the same software for about £78

  9. Greg

    so what

    Given the freely obtainable alternatives why would anyone touch this with a barge pole.

    Do they just like throwing money at MS for No reason?

  10. Risky
    Gates Halo

    @Brian Whittle

    Office 2007 Home&Student is £85 inc for a 3-user licence with the disk.

    That's decent value if you need the three licences.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    You can do all this for free, NOW ...

    ... go to - I was very sceptical but it's actually not bad.

    [El Reg, what about getting one of your learned scribes to do a review of this site's offering?]

    It would be nice to think that at least one of Microsoft's two profit-making divisions (all the rest run at a loss) is going to have a hard time making money from now on... :-)

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