“Starting on Tuesday, Microsoft will be offering Office as a subscription service for consumers,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney.

“For $100 a year, ‘Office 365 Home Premium’ customers can put Office on up to five computers (including Apple Macintoshes and Windows 8 tablets) and store up to 27 gigabytes of data on Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service,” Goldman reports. “The subscription includes frequent software updates [to “fix” rampant security flaws – MDN Ed.] and allows users to automatically load their customized Microsoft Office settings on each different device.”

Goldman reports, “Microsoft will still sell Office the traditional way too, but for the first time since 2001, the price tag is going up. Office 2013, which hits store shelves on Tuesday, is priced at $140 for the basic version, a $20 increase over Microsoft Office 2010. The new software costs $220 if you want Outlook and $400 if you want Access and Publisher.
Unlike Office 365, the Office 2013 software won’t receive regular updates.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: You don’t want Microsoft Office. Microsoft makes bloated, insecure junk.

Friends don’t let friends use Office. Whenever anyone emails you a .doc attachment, send it back unopened.

On your Mac, you want the the same productivity software you have on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: Pages (iOS, Mac), Numbers (iOS, Mac) and Keynote (iOS, Mac).

This way, not only will you be saving a ton of money, but your computing devices will be more secure, your productivity app output will look dramatically better, and you’ll be dealing Microsoft its death blow. What could be better?!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “WS” for the heads up.]

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