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Microsoft offers Office for 60p a day

Businesses can now use Office 2007 for just under £15 per month, via Fasthosts (opens in new tab), one of the bigger UK web hosting companies.

The Standard Edition of Microsoft Office 2007 will be streamed directly on the user's computer with no CDs or disks or password needed and offers Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint.

The Professional Plus version is available for £5 more per month and offers Publisher, Access and Infopath on top of the abovementioned applications.

Fasthosts claims that no contract or setup will be needed and the latest Security updates will be automatically installed.

Failure to renew the subscriptions will uninstall the business application suite automatically according to PC Advisor (opens in new tab); although you will be still able to view documents created using the appropriate Office 2007 free viewers.

You have to register with Fasthosts to be able to benefit from this offer; the users will then have to download the entire suite of products and you will have to stay online while using the applications.

Fasthosts is said to be working with Microsoft to enable the apps when going offline, akin of Google Apps Gears.

Office 2007 Standard Edition costs more than £300 - although it can be installed on two computers (opens in new tab) - while the Home and Student Edition, which offers a 3-user licence (opens in new tab) can be had for only £85

However, if you are a student or work in a qualified educational institution, you could grab Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for only £38.95 through Microsoft's own website (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.