Works 9.0 to come in both free and paid flavors

Works 9.0 to come in both free and paid flavors

Summary: Microsoft is still planning to offer a paid version of the next version of its consumer/home-office productivity suite. It will cost $39.95 at retail -- about $10 per copy less than Works 8.0. Still no word from the Softies on the free, ad-funded version of its consumer/home productivity suite that is allegedly in the pipeline.

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Here's a nice find by the folks over at Clubic.com: The Web-order form for Works 9.0.

Microsoft Works 9.0Microsoft is still planning to offer a paid version of the next version of its consumer/home-office productivity suite. It will cost $39.95 at retail -- about $10 per copy less than Works 8.0.

There's still no link or mention of the free, ad-funded version of the next version of Microsoft Works, which Satya Nadella, the head of Microsoft's search and ad platform unit, said that Microsoft had released as of late last week.

I wonder if the ad-funded version of Works 9 will debut as a service, instead of software. Such an offering would make Works 9 more of a real competitor to Google Docs & Spreadsheets, in my opinion, than would a fat-client offering.

Microsoft still isn't providing any more specifics. Stay tuned.

Topics: Microsoft, Google

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Ad-Funded Version of Works? Rant Ahead

    I read this and checked the calendar, sure that it had to be a joke. Nope, it's not April 1.

    Ad-funded Works? Will there ever be a backlash against this relentless push to put advertising in front of our faces 24/7?

    Having an unpaid office suite can be a big plus in certain situations, but must everyone's "revenue stream" be continually enhanced by the continual need to try and get someone to buy something?

    Couldn't MS grow a spine and just let this slide?

    The constant stream of advertising is just irritating. I've actually made decisions NOT to purchase based on webvertising.
    DaffyDuck
  • The trouble with Microsoft Works

    It only works with Works. Completely out of
    touch with anyone who doesn't use Works.
    Ole Man
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