Microsoft Office: From Purchase to Subscription

As recently as a few years ago, you could purchase Microsoft Office and have it installed on your computer permanently. 

Now when you “purchase” Microsoft Office, you are in reality purchasing a subscription to the program. 

Microsoft Office Subscription Bad Points:

The main downside of the subscription model is that no matter how many times you pay for your monthly or yearly subscription,

you will never finish paying. 

There is no point at which you can stop paying and own the product you’ve been paying for.

Another thing that is often seen as a drawback is that the product is constantly being updated. 

This means that small changes happen on a fairly regular basis. 

Those who find comfort in getting to know exactly how the product operates

may be upset to find that certain things change without warning or notice. 

It can make using the product difficult and frustrating to have features changing unexpectedly. 

Good Points:

While having features of your program changing in the middle of a document can be inconvenient or confusing,

there is another side to that argument.

  When you buy a program, you buy only one version of it. 

It can never be updated and always remains static.

When you buy a subscription to the same program, you are also purchasing the updates. 

Every time an update is developed, it is applied to your program without any effort on your part. 

This means that you always have the most up to date version of the program, and it is never outdated. 

Many programs are sold in a subscription format today. 

This method has become the norm, and it looks like it’s here to stay. 

Some people will love it, others not so much. 

In the end, it’s unlikely that the current trajectory will change, so we should all get used to subscribing to the programs we used to buy.