Microsoft is pushing subscription model for Office 2013

After existing as insight since last summer, Office 2013, the next version of Microsoft productivity software, is now available for download.

Plus some versions of the software are available, but the basic story is that people can buy Office Home and Student 2013 with all the familiar applications such as Word and Excel for a non-recurring amount of $ 139. However, since this standalone package entitles you to future updates, Microsoft would prefer that you choose a subscription model more expensive and full year for $ 99 which provides various updates over the months and years to come. Yes, it's a lot more money, and Microsoft achieves its objective to keep you as a customer. But in my review of the software, I found the interface refined, new features and familiar applications are worth the same annual investment.

I also understand that the seemingly endless versions are confused. I explain the basics of my review and ZDNet Mary Jo Foley goes into great detail here. Just know that on the whole, self-subscription models and provide the same functionality from the start. It's just that Microsoft extends this functionality in the future, only users with a subscription are entitled to them.

Microsoft also announced today the cloud connected to Microsoft Office Home and Business, even if you will not be able to snatch up February 27. You can get it for a single payment of $ 219 or $ 150 per subscription year.

And with the new software, Microsoft website gets a refresh in both appearance and functionality. The website allows you to manage your account set up and check the status of your subscription and download Office software on your computer.

Senior Editor Kent German contributed to this report
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