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MS OFFICE 10 and OFFICE.NET by subscription?!

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 20, 2000


Christopher Rice

    The new version of the Microsoft Office suite, which we have all grown to know and love, will soon change faces again.  What does this mean you do with all of the Office 2000 packages and custom MST files that you just spent 6 months fine tuning?  I am not sure, but I would not throw them out just yet. 

The new version of the Microsoft Office suite, which we have all grown to know and love, will soon change faces again. What does this mean you do with all of the Office 2000 packages and custom MST files that you just spent 6 months fine tuning? I am not sure, but I would not throw them out just yet.

    Just to clarify, you will soon be paying for Office 10 like you pay for your membership at the gym. 

    The software will cost a little less straight out of the box but you will only be buying a one year lease.  At the end of that time, you will be able to renew your software lease or let it expire.  I am sure many people are going to let it expire with their business spreadsheets on the line.

    This will be a new movement in software in the future and when OFFICE.NET comes out, who knows.  Then it can be sold on a daily basis, as it will be Web-based.

    Keep in mind that you will be able to keep your old versions of Office running, but think about how hard it is to support one version running in your environment, what about three or four?

    Office 97, 2000, 10, and .NET. 

    I cringe at the thought.

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