Microsoft office forms to be cheaper than a desktop
Posted On June 15, 2021
The cost of the office forms Microsoft has long offered will drop significantly, after a recent update to its software, said Bill Zobel, a software analyst at Zobels Zumthor.
The Office 365 suite of online tools and the Office 365 Home plan are now cheaper than desktop versions, Zobelt said.
“The only thing you’ll be paying for is the cost of an office suite, not a desktop version,” ZobEL said in an interview.
Microsoft is trying to shift its online offerings to businesses that can use a wide variety of applications and online services.
The move comes after a year in which Microsoft had struggled to make inroads with businesses that rely on office productivity software.
Microsoft’s online business has been growing faster than its offline one, but Zobela said Microsoft has yet to prove it can take advantage of a more competitive marketplace.
The Redmond, Wash., company has said it plans to launch Office 365 Pro, a subscription-based version of its suite of Office products, by the end of 2019.
The new version of the suite will be the first that will be free to new users, with new subscribers getting a 10 percent discount on all Office 365 purchases, according to Microsoft.
“That’s a huge win for new customers,” Zubel said.
The company said its Office 365 business will expand to about 40 million customers by 2020.
Microsoft has said the suite of software that makes up its Office suite will also be available on desktop.
Zobell said Microsoft’s new suite of tools and Office 365 will be more convenient than competing versions of its software.
“Office 365 will also have a more consistent experience across different devices and will allow users to use multiple versions of the same product,” Zombel said in a statement.
Microsoft said the changes will also help drive adoption of Office 365.
Office 365 customers can sign up for an account at Microsoft and get an annual license for the Office suite for $9.99.
Microsoft plans to add new software products to Office 365, which is expected to include the latest versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite and Adobe Premiere Pro, and new versions of Microsoft Office.
The latest versions will also include a new feature that allows Office 365 users to access files directly from their computer, Zubelt said in the interview.
The change will help Microsoft, which has seen its online business grow faster than the offline business, Zombelt said, because users who buy Office 365 software will have more choice in how they use it.
Zombell said he believes Microsoft’s move will have a major impact on Microsoft’s ability to attract new customers.
“I think people who buy these products, when they get them, will be using them,” he said.
Microsoft will also offer new ways to access its online services and the software it provides through the Office website and apps.
Microsoft officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.