Microsoft's Office Subscription Service Ready To Hit The Market

Microsoft has recently declared that Circuit City will soon be the first to offer an all new Microsoft Office subscription service.

Microsoft has joined hands with retailer Circuit City to provide a consumer software subscription service which features its Photo Gallery, Messenger, Windows Live One Care, MS Office and other services and applications.

The new software, dubbed Microsoft Equipt, is expected to be available at around 700 US based Circuit City stores till mid-July.

As per the reports, the cost of the newly launched Equipt licence has been fixed at $70 or £35 per year.

Microsoft makes it clear that the launch does not exactly indicate a complete move to sell its software through subscription models, but the initiative is a significant move for the company.

Reports suggest that Equipt features subscription versions of Office Home and Student 2007 that makes it a cheaper choice.

In addition to this, Equipt also offers unlimited e-mail support and easy subscription removal with the main idea that has triggered the move is to convert more PC buyers into Office buyers.

Microsoft has yet to announce a similar product on this side on the Atlantic.