Microsoft expands Office 'pay-as-you-go' rental program

Summary:Microsoft is expanding its Office 20007 "pay-as-you-go" program into five more countries before the end of the year. Under the plan, users will have the option of "renting" Office 2007 Professional for a three or six month period and paying a monthly subscription fee to do so.

Microsoft is extending its Office "rental" program to five more markets before the end of 2007.

Microsoft expands Office ‘pay-as-you-go’ rental program
Microsoft will begin offering the 2007 Microsoft Office Prepaid Edition in India, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Egypt before the end of calendar 2007, company officials said on November 14. Microsoft already offers Office 2007 on a "pay-as-you-go" basis in South Africa and Romania.

Via the pay-as-you-go program, users can choose three- or six-month subscriptions to Office Professional 2007 and pay a monthly fee to use the product. Users may renew the subscriptions at any time. If they don't renew, Office goes into reduced functionality mode, which allows users to continue to view and print files. Users cannot create or save new files or modify existing ones in this mode.

Microsoft began testing Office under pay-as-you-go scheme in late 2006, starting with Office 2003, in South Africa, Mexico and Romania. In 2007, Microsoft cut Mexico from the list of participating countries and began offering Office 2007, rather than the older Office 2003, product via the Prepaid Edition  subscription program.

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Software

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