Microsoft dumps Office subscription trial

The concept of software delivered as a service took a step backwards today as software giant Microsoft announced it has abandoned its subscription licensing model for Office XP. Its mechanics proved too confusing for local customers, according to the results of a trial.

In May last year, Microsoft started a pilot in Australia, New Zealand and France for Office XP Subscription, a way to license Office on an annual subscription basis. If successful, Microsoft planned to take the model global. However, customers found the "exact mechanics" of this model confusing, according to Microsoft product evaluations. As a result of this feedback from resellers and customers, the pilot has been discontinued.

Microsoft announced it is offering existing subscription customers a full perpetual licence replacement copy of Office XP at no additional charge.

Microsoft said this version will never expire and is eligible for future product upgrades.

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