Subscription model for Office XP fails
Microsoft has been itching to sell software as a service rather than a product for some time now, but it looks like the public isn't ready to wrap its head around a subscription model just yet. The Inquirer reports
Microsoft Australia's Office product manager Tony Wilkinson put the usual positive spin on the subject, telling news.com.au, "From their feedback, we learned that customers find subscriptions a useful method of purchasing software but are not ready to fully adopt this process."
I don't doubt that we'll keep seeing product activation in future products, but at least for the time being it looks like Microsoft isn't going to force the subscription issue.