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Microsoft Office 2007 Subscription Inspired by Prepaid Phone Cards

microsoft office student $10 per month: Microsoft has come up with a unique model to sell their Office 2007 software in the developing world where most users cannot afford to pay the full cost of the software suite in one-go.

Like the pre-paid cell phone cards, customers can pay for the time they use Microsoft Office 2007 without actually buying the full software. Microsoft will charge around $10 per month of Office 2007 usage.

A full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 costs $149 - equivalent to more than a year of subscription based usage. But this big question is - will people subscribe?

According to Reuters, Microsoft will use the prepaid Office 2007 model to target students, home users and small businesses in South Africa and Romania this month, and may be available in other markets at a later date.