Microsoft gets into software rental business

by admin July 4, 2008 at 1:41 pm

On Wed., July 2, 2008, your pals at Microsoft finally did it. Equipt, an all-in-one security and productivity software subscription service for consumers, made its appearance, though I’m not sure I’d call it “long-awaited.” In one installation, Equipt delivers anti-malware protection, features to simplify PC management, productivity tools, and online services — all for the bargain price of $69.99 a year — and that’s for three PCs.

Code-named “Albany,” Microsoft Equipt offers Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, which covers the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Need Outlook? Sorry, you’re screwed. It also includes Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s all-in-one security and PC management service; and Windows Live tools, encompassing Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Photo Gallery.

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