The business model for software has seen tremendous change in the last decade. Gone are the days of buying software in large boxes from retail store for a hefty price. Gone are the days when you needed to pay nearly as much to receive updates to the software you purchased. For instance, in the past, if you payed $50 for a version 1 of a software, you were expected to pay another $50 for version 2. In many instances, “upgrade” prices would slightly reduce the cost of the new version, but not by much. Today, with a few exception, that is not how it works. Only a few big name software has been able to hold on to the tradition, namely Microsoft Office and, until recently, Adobe Creative Suite. But even these software makers are moving away from the old model. We are truly moving to a new era in software business. Continue reading
Update: There has been more recent information about this issue. Please see the latest post on this matter. False Alarm! Office 365 Preview Doesn’t Expire Yet
Last summer, Microsoft offered users a free, beta, version of Microsoft Office 2013 via a preview version of Office 356. They noted that this preview version of Office 365 would expire about 90 days after Office 2013 hits RTM. Well, folks, it seems that that time has arrived. At the time of this writing, Office 365 preview will expire in just over a day.
If you are still using it, I strongly recommend you uninstall it. You can continue to use an older version of Office that you own. (Note, you were able to run the older and the beta version side by side.) Office 365 should become available for purchase later this month. With the Office 365 subscription, you can own the entire Office suite for a very low price (relatively). If you can’t wait to get your hands on the final version of Office 2013, you can download a trial version of Office 2013 RTM. Note that this trial expires in 60 days after you install it.
Paul Thurrott provides some interesting news that we should note. According to him, this is an exclusive story revealed by him, yesterday. He had the following to say: Continue reading