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  1. Bahamen's Avatar
    I can't answer all your questions, but I have heard that Microsoft was forced to make the move because users were using iWorks and Google Docs instead of buying Microsoft devices in order to get Office. Now, we all understand that iWorks and Google Docs are not nearly as capable as Office, but for most users they're more than sufficient. The average user probably uses only a small fraction of Office's capabilities.

    Where is it going from here? That's the big question. It's going to be fun to see how the next year or two play out!
    Well I suppose it could be a pre-emptive strike to defend its turf in the enterprise market where the real money is. With various free office suites available it is going to be difficult to effectively monetize the consumer market, so the best they can do is give it away to prevent other competitors from gaining any foothold which could potentially disrupt their enterprise market later. At least they will then be able to emphasize the mobility aspect - seamless transition from office PC to personal devices. In any case, Bill Gates wants to make Office awesome again, so we'll see.
    02-06-2015 08:34 AM
  2. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Kind of strange for Microsoft to basically give away its cash cow for free. Isn't this just discouraging people from signing up on Office 365? I know subscribers get some advanced features but honestly I don't use those features very much that I don't think they justify the additional cost. What gives?
    It's like the crack dealer. He gives you a little something to try out for free, then he's got you hooked.
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    02-06-2015 08:43 AM
  3. JamesDax's Avatar
    No.
    02-06-2015 11:49 AM
  4. anon(9057135)'s Avatar
    Microsoft has worked hard. Plus, There not going to leave the people who use there services stranded.
    02-06-2015 02:09 PM
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