Office 365 50% off in wake of Office 2016 release

In case you haven't heard already, yesterday, Microsoft has launched a new version of its extremely popular productivity suite. Office 2016 is now available for everyone interested in purchasing it and this time its main selling points is focusing on collaboration features. The bundle includes some really cool functions such as real-time coauthoring in Word or the addition of the "Tell me" box (a quick way to access help files) which are now embedded in the desktop version of the software. In case you're interested in acquiring Office 2016 and you have a Windows-powered PC, all you need to do is to use (or purchase) an Office 365 subscription (Home, Personal or University) and you can download the suite for free.

Office for desktops has been around for quite a long time and it's still the backbone of many businesses from all over the world, but Microsoft still has a big problem. Since the suite payment is just a one-time deal, (you purchase the product and then you can use it as long as you wish), many people don't actually upgrade to the newer versions as the added cost doesn't seem like a worthwhile investment. This means that the IT giant doesn't make as much as it would want to from selling the product and that it has a harder time implementing collaboration features. However, the company might have found a solution to fix this:

According to a recent announcement, all those who have Windows 10 installed on their PCs but use Office 2010 or an older version of the suite, can purchase a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal (and download Office 2016 for free) for $35, which is a half the usual price. This subscription package will allow users to install the productivity bundle on all their devices (PCs, tablets and smartphones), so I think it's actually a pretty good deal. As I said, the offer only lasts one year, so if you want to keep the subscription going after the original period expires, you will need to pay the full price ($70). Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't offer any details about when the discount will no longer be available, so I can't tell you if you should hurry to take advantage of it or not.

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